Photos: Damaging storms leave over 140,000 without power in mid-Atlantic
By Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff writer
May 16, 2018, 3:58:56 AM EDT
The week kicked off with severe weather in the mid-Atlantic as a line of storms brought damaging winds to areas from southeastern Ohio through eastern Virginia.
“Storms drastically intensified in central and eastern Ohio and continued to intensify as they approached Washington, D.C.,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Alyson Hoegg.
The worst of the storms focused on northeastern West Virginia, northern Virginia and the Washington, D.C., metro area where hail as large as quarters and wind gusts over 50 mph were common.
These strong winds brought down trees and power lines across the region, resulting in widespread power outages. In some cases, falling trees caused property damage.
Over 122,000 electric customers in Virginia and 20,000 in West Virginia were without power early on Monday night in the wake of the storms.
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) imposed temporary ground stops at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport, contributing to hundreds of flight delays and dozens of cancellations across the region.
The ground stop at Washington Dulles was put in place just minutes after the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for an approaching storm; however, no tornado has been confirmed.
People in the airport took shelter at the airport’s underground train tunnel until the storm had passed.
Tornado warning at Dulles airport. All passengers sent underground to the train tunnel. pic.twitter.com/9pvIvr9CPD— Arthur Brooks (@arthurbrooks) May 14, 2018
Additional rounds of severe thunderstorms are possible across the mid-Atlantic this week.
“Severe thunderstorms may target areas farther to the east and north in the mid-Atlantic on Tuesday,” said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.
Severe storms in the #dc area today which lead to this tree branch coming through a drivers windshield on rte7 in Vienna va @David_Culver @nbcwashington @dougkammerer @amelia_draper @JimCantore pic.twitter.com/jMnmFhhH6E— NBCPhotog (@bforte22) May 14, 2018
Scene at Dulles is bonkers pic.twitter.com/Gyu3n4wvbH— Adam Blickstein (@AdamBlickstein) May 14, 2018
Dime size hail at the NWS Office in Sterling. Dangerous storm continues to head east to the Beltway/I-95. Expect damaging winds, large hail, blinding rains. Commuters should seek shelter until the storm passes.— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) May 14, 2018
Today’s storms brought down this massive tree in Northeast. It landed on top of two parked cars, but fortunately no one was hurt. pic.twitter.com/miij8Xa2XL— Heather Graf (@ABC7HeatherGraf) May 15, 2018
Dulles airport a little bit ago. pic.twitter.com/xkWohXDjT0— CurtMcCormick (@CurtMcCormick) May 15, 2018
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