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Posted at 9:02 PM ET, 06/26/2009

Deadly Storms Cause Damage In & Around D.C.

By Ian Livingston

* Storms End, Saturday Sun: Full Forecast | Weather Wall *
* Tree Crushes Van, Kills 2 | Power Maps: Dominion, Pepco, BG&E *

Tree and powerpole down in Glover Park, DC. See after the jump for more photos.

Scattered severe thunderstorms moved through the area this afternoon and evening causing some reports of damage, including to portions of D.C. Throughout NW D.C. there are reports of trees down on roads, into houses, powerlines, and unfortunately onto a van (killing 2) in Chevy Chase. Other places have seen large hail on the order of .75" to 1" in diameter.

Though additional showers and storms may occur for a few more hours, the worst should be done (except maybe across far southern zones) as the cleanup effort gets underway.

Please comment with damage reports from your area, and continue reading for more photos. Also, see our full forecast through the beginning of next week.

Storm damage in Glover Park.

Storm damage in Glover Park.

Storm damage in Glover Park.

Storm damage in Glover Park.

Storm damage in Glover Park.

Storm damage in Glover Park.

Storm damage in Glover Park.

By Ian Livingston  | June 26, 2009; 9:02 PM ET
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We're receiving a VERY intense T-storm with incredibly heavy rain and penny-size hail hitting the house.

Posted by: david_in_stafford | June 26, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Still hailing in Stafford with incredibly heavy rains. We've already picked up over an inch in a short time.

Posted by: david_in_stafford | June 26, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

The severe thunderstorms still touching the southern area are being warned for up to baseball sized hail. That would be amazing for this area if it happened.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | June 26, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Ian, let us pray it doesn't. As you suggested, that would be very rare -- normally a feature of thunderstorms with very high cloud tops over the Plains...

Posted by: Josh-CapitalWeatherGang | June 26, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Ian and Josh, only penny-sized hail in Stafford so far. The rain intensity has been incredible. The storm has been parked over us for over an hour with very little south-easterly movement.

Posted by: david_in_stafford | June 26, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

david_in_stafford, I believe you: doppler radar estimates that at least 2-2.5" of rain has fallen over Stafford in the past hour --

Posted by: Josh-CapitalWeatherGang | June 26, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Josh, in terms of rainfall, this has certainly been one of the most intense I have seen in a while even though we've had big storms over the past two months. It's still pouring outside as I type this. Surprising the NWS didn't issue a flash flood warning.

Posted by: david_in_stafford | June 26, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

One of the warnings recently said the storms had a history of up to baseball sized hail in Holly Corner, Va. Don't know where that is though...

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | June 26, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Ian, that is a rural area in Southern Stafford County. I am in N. Stafford just south of the Marine Corps Base.

Posted by: david_in_stafford | June 26, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, David.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | June 26, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Been in Cleveland Park all evening and am surprised to find these reports waiting for me. At about 7:15, my husband and I were sitting in Firehook watching the storm, which, where we were, was a pretty run-of-the-mill summer thunderstorm. I even remarked that there seemed to be a lack of thunder/lighning. It was pretty torrential for a few minutes, and windy, but nothing that would have prepared me for the above photos! Was that a micro-system, or were we just in a (relatively) calm pocket?

Posted by: dinermail | June 27, 2009 12:59 AM | Report abuse

Didn't get crap for rain in Vienna, and with the current forecast, looks like the summer browning season is upon us after a very leafy spring. Of course it will pour on the Fourth of July, but other than that, come on September! UGGG!

Posted by: rocotten | June 27, 2009 7:53 AM | Report abuse

We were at Jazz in the Sculpture Garden when the storm hit rather suddenly. People scattered, the rest huddled with us under large patio umbrellas. The rain blasts switched direction several times, drenching everyone. Then the hail started coming down. It was like being on log flume ride!

Posted by: chunche | June 27, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

dinermail, I think there was some microburst type winds with the storm or a fairly compact area of damaging winds. I noted a lack of lightning as well and was ready to write it off right before the winds really slammed us for a minute or two. It was very intense and I could hear things popping outside (likely trees etc).

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | June 27, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Ian, if you can, it would be great to see some radar images/analysis from the storm that did this damage from the photos. I too am guessing a microburst was involved, but was away from the radar at the time. Cheers.

Posted by: Andrew-CapitalWeatherGang | June 27, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

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