High winds wreak havoc in DC, causing downed trees and power outages

Gusty winds have wreaked havoc in the DC region as trees were downed and power outages have been reported.

Officials are warning residents to stay away from downed power lines and urging drivers to cautious of fallen trees and branches on roadways.

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Authorities in Virginia reported large downed trees in Fairfax County on Old Dominion Drive and Kirby Road in McLean, Kerry Lane in Springfield and a tree fell onto an unoccupied car on Frying Pan Road near Dulles International Airport. Fairfax County police said Frying Pan Road was also closed due to icy conditions between Centreville Road and Sunrise Valley Drive. In Loudoun County, officials said trees were down on Woodgrove Road and Shelburne Glebe Road in the Blue Ridge area.

There were similar reports in Montgomery County of downed trees on Old Columbia Pike in Silver Spring. Authorities in Anne Arundel County reported trees down on McKendree Road in Dunkirk and downed trees and powerlines on Shady Side Road in Shady Side.

As of Monday morning, there were nearly 8,000 homes without power in Northern Virginia, according to officials.

A high-wind warning and advisory will remain in place for much of the DC region until 6 p.m.