I tell ya. This summer has been a bit much around here. Days and days of 90 degree plus temperatures, thunderstorms, lightning, strong wind gust and power outages. When will it end 😦 I know I bitch and moan about hot summers but the summer of 2010 has got to be the worst I’ve ever been through. Early this morning a serious storm came through here. Strong winds, drenching rain, thunder, lightning, lights flickering, trees falling everywhere. And I thought the winter of 2010 was bad with all the snow we had.
I was working from home today and I was worried about the power going out. The lights flickered a few times but otherwise the power stayed on. But other neighborhoods in the D.C. metro didn’t fare so well. A huge tree fell onto an apartment building in Gaithersburg, MD this morning. A tree crashed through the ceiling of a house in Chevy Chase, MD where a two month old baby was sleeping. According to the Washington Post the baby is doing fine. Trees fell onto the tracks of the Red Line along the metro this morning as well. Cleveland Park metro station was closed due to flooding. Some folks got stuck on the roofs of their cars cause the roads were flooded. Thousands of folks had power outages and as usual Pepco said that it could take up to a couple of days for some folks to get their power back.
Check out this photo gallery of storm photos from Washington Post readers.
By Michael E. Ruane
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, August 12, 2010; 3:03 PM
Thursday morning’s deluge is receding across the area, as the sun dries the roads and yet another cleanup begins.
But forecasters warn that there could be more weather trouble in the afternoon, if the sun heats up the still unstable atmosphere again.
What a morning, though.
Shortly after 7 a.m., with the temperature already in the low 80s and the humidity in the upper 70s, the sky grew as dark as doom and then cut loose, as a 60-mile-long squall line sliced through region from the suburbs of Baltimore to just south of the District. Almost an inch and a half of rain was dumped across the area in roughly an hour, forecasters said.
The torrent flooded streets across the area, at one point carrying a minivan on a 15-foot wall of water a quarter-mile along Rock Creek in Northwest Washington, while the driver fled and then clung for his life to a fence.
In Montgomery County, stranded motorists reportedly took to the roofs of their vehicles as muddy water inundated an area around Viers Mill Road and Connecticut Avenue. Canal Road in the District became a lake, witnesses said, as did Rhode Island Avenue, and Route 1, in Beltsville.
In Chevy Chase, the downpour brought down a tree that punched through a roof and showered debris on an infant sleeping in his crib. The child was unhurt.
And in Gaithersburg, rescue workers responded to a report of a tree that had fallen through the roof of an apartment building in the 500 block of Frederick Avenue.
Workers found that the tree had damaged a common stairway, so they used 24-foot ladders to rescue residents. No serious injuries were reported, but two people were taken to an area hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, according to initial reports from Capt. Oscar Garcia, a spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. A search for trapped residents was undertaken, but authorities believe everyone is out of the building.
So more bad weather is coming this evening 😦
I can’t wait for cooler temps to get here this fall. 60 degree weather is more my speed.