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Posted at 5:15 PM ET, 07/25/2010

Whew! Storms move out, heat advisory canceled

By Jason Samenow

* A little relief tomorrow: Full Forecast | NWS Damage Reports *
* Power outage maps for Dominion Electric | Pepco | BG&E | SMECO *
* Outside now? Radar & more: Weather Wall | Tropical Tracking *
* Consec days 90+: 12; Total 90+: 42 (Apr: 2; May: 3; Jun: 18; Jul: 19) *

What a day: record or near-record heat and then violent thunderstorms. Wind gusts between 50-70 mph were common and the storms dropped generally a quick quarter to half an inch of rain. Thankfully, the thunderstorms and associated front bring cooler air in overnight -- but not sufficiently cool to assist the thousands without power. Lows will be 70-75 inside the beltway, with some upper 60s in the cooler suburbs. Tomorrow, we see full sunshine but much lower humidity as highs head up to around 90. That certainly beats 100.

Storm damage: The National Weather Service has documented extensive reports of downed trees, power lines and even some structural damage across the area. Here's a sampling:

*TWO HEAVY WOODEN BENCHES BLOWN INTO PARKING LOT (PG County)
*CONCRETE GROUNDED FENCE BLOWN DOWN ON FENTON STREET BETWEEN WAYNE AVE AND BONIFANT STREET. (Silver Spring, Md.)
*ROOF COLLAPSE ON PARKING GARAGE ON FOUNTAIN DRIVE (Reston, Va.)
*LARGE GAZEBO BLOWN ACROSS YARD. (Bowie, Md.)

Thanks to readers and Tweeters for sending in their storm reports and photos earlier. Speaking of which, here are some recent contributions:

@raisininvasion: tree down in street Friendship Heights DC

@dprats21: According the the wind meter (Wunderground weather station) at the golf course, we got a 64 mph wind gust, and I believe it. (Laytonsville, Md.)

@BinaBallerina1: Just as the storm was beginning, there was what looked to be an electrical explosion just behind the fire station at 18th St S and S Hayes St. (Crystal City)

@Hawaiiexpat: This tree blocks neighbor's driveway, still no power in Cabin John, MD as of 4:50

Today's highs: BWI and Dulles which rose to 100 and 98 respectively, both set new records for the date. DCA, which topped out at 99, fell 1-degree short.

By Jason Samenow  | July 25, 2010; 5:15 PM ET
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Comments

Fortunately no power outage here...but we did get a good half-hour rain which got everything nice and wet...with no dance scheduled tonight! Next rain...probably Tuesday night or Wednesday, with dance @ Clarendon Ballroom Tuesday night.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | July 25, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

A big tree fell down completely blocking 19th Street NW between S and T Streets, north of Dupont Circle and south of the Washington Hilton.

Posted by: craighowell1 | July 25, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Storm dropped a pretty big tree on the right-hand westbound lane of the GW Parkway. Had to squeeze pretty much up against the left-hand curb to get by.

Posted by: Christopher Dean Hopkins | July 25, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Outer loop was blocked near Conn Ave by a downed tree around 3:30. Was on the road at the time. Lots of blowing debris, minor flooding, low visibility. Saw one poor bastard who was on his motorcycle when it hit...

Posted by: wiredog | July 25, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Some video of the storm moving over DC from my Rosslyn balcony.
http://www.youtube.com/user/bruinsfan32

Posted by: genestad | July 25, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know how to get an ETA on Pepco restoring power? I looked at their outage maps (which don't work on a mobile phone, what a waste) but the maps don't give that information.

Posted by: snowvert | July 25, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Correction - the outage maps do give that info, it seems that it just doesn't load if it isn't available. :(

Posted by: snowvert | July 25, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Once again, no rain here in NW Spotys. Rest of the month looks dry, farms around the Fredericksburg area r really hurting 4 rain. I don't care if some dance is cancelled, please bring some much needed rain. Starting 2 worry about my well going dry.

Posted by: VaTechBob | July 25, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Recorded 1.10" of rain on my gauge in the roughly 2 hr period of the storm. Pretty good for my lawn! This was in S. Arlington.

Posted by: jojo2008 | July 25, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

heh star wars [8 duck !

Posted by: saq1 | July 25, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

jojo, u got almost as much rain 2day as I've got since June 3. Must b nice 2 c it rain, sigh.

Posted by: VaTechBob | July 25, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Tremendous amount of damage in NW Montgomery. Most rural roads blocked, 28 blocked at Martisburg, power outages all over. Oddly we only had .28 inches of rain but every third or fourth house has a large tree down.

Posted by: MKadyman | July 25, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

I got an e-mail alert from MoCo about a tornado. Anybody know whether that was a false alarm or not?

Posted by: marag | July 25, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

I got to the Mall literally seconds before the outflow hit.. underestimated how fast the storms were moving for my travel time there. It was pretty intense for a few, everyone was running and screaming. It briefly crossed my mind to run away from the taller trees just in case. Got pelted pretty good by blowing sand etc.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | July 25, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Up here in Laytonsville, Moco, we had rock and roll for about 15 minutes starting around 3:30p.m. Only got approx half inch of rain, some strong gusts, small branches came down. BTW where is the drier, less humid air? I see on the school weather stations in Moco that the dewpoints are about 72 with a heat index of 80? Wife just walked the dog and you could cut the humidity with a chain saw, it's just hangin out there.

Posted by: VikingRider | July 25, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

I've heard from 2 people now that they think power won't be restored until Fri the 30th for a lot of people. Huh!? That's gotta be a crazy insanity provoking rumor?

Posted by: PoorTeacher | July 25, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Small branch fell in my yard.

Posted by: stinkerflat1 | July 25, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

VaTechBob,

My heart goes out to you with the lack of rain in your area. It's been a dreadful summer for all of us, between the drought and extraordinary, above-average temperatures.

It's incredibly selfish to complain about something as trivial as rain on a dance night when one's water supply is in danger of running dry.

I trust that I can speak for all of the much-needed rain crowd in hoping for LOTS of rain for ALL of us, but particularly for NW Spotsy!! Hang in there.

Posted by: TominMichiganParkDC | July 25, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

@TominMichiganParkDC -- I'm with ya.

Posted by: natsncats | July 25, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Greetings from Calabash, NC. Currently a bone chilling 84 degrees (if you compare these temps to our DC weather last week!). Looks like we left DC this afternoon just before storms hit. Car thermometer read 105 in Quantico around 1:45, and 108 in southside VA (Waverly/Franklin area) around 3:30-4pm.

Saw posts saying Lake Ridge got smacked with storms. Any word about southern PWC? Haven't heard much about Dumfries area. Do I need to be worried about downed branches, etc. at home?

Will keep my fingers crossed for some rain, especially in NW Spotsy. We've been dry in my neck of the woods (compared to say, Lake Ridge), but not as bad as VATechBob.

Will also keep my eyes out for some good seafood and will report back. ;-)

Posted by: southbridgemom | July 25, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

At 301 Bridge - incredible wind (lost a couple of branches from the tulip poplar at the edge of the woods) and it rained hard for about 15 - 30 SECONDS!

The stinking storm split AGAIN as it approached the river by the bridge. No thunder or lightning, either.

What's with that?

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | July 25, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

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