See more photos of Friday night’s storm damage in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area area on Flickr.
The wind gusts on Friday night, June 29, only lasted 10 to 15 minutes. But with wind gusts at 70-plus miles per hour, the brief wind storm, followed by a hard rain, did extensive damage in the DC metro area. The Borderstan area seemed to miss the worst of the storm damage, but there were still a number of downed trees and large tree limbs in local streets. What unusual was that residents in downtown areas who usually never lose their electric power did so Friday night. Some residents reported they still had power, but lost their Internet and cable connections.
Pepco power lines in the Borderstan area mostly underground, which means the neighborhood rarely looses power even when outer DC neighborhoods and suburbs do — trees cannot take down a buried power line. A quick drive around the Borderstan area showed large trees or large limbs down on a number of streets, including 13th Street NW just north of Logan Circle and at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and 18th Street NW.
Pepco serves customers in DC and Maryland, and according to a DC Alert, “Friday night’s violent windstorm that ripped through the Washington area has devastated the Pepco electric system, leaving more than 443,000 of Pepco’s 788,000 customers without power. Due to the widespread damage and the large number of outages, the power restoration effort is expected to take several days.”
Across the Potomac in Virginia, Dominion Electric serves 831,000 customers in the Northern Virginia area and 367,000 were still without power as of 7:30 pm today.
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