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Posted at 9:00 AM ET, 11/17/2010

Storm effects slow commute

By Mark Berman
Mark Berman

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George Mason Drive between Washington Blvd. and N. 16th St. in Arlington is closed due to a downed tree and damaged power pole. (Gerald Martineau/For Post)

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9:30 A.M. UPDATE:

-- The disabled vehicle is now just blocking the shoulder on I-395 South at Glebe Road.

-- I-66 East is very, very backed up approaching the Beltway.

-- The Inner Loop is crawling from the Springfield Interchange to I-66.

-- I-395 North is pretty congested on and off from the interchange to the 14th Street Bridge.

-- The Outer Loop is very, very crowded at Colesville Road, but it's still moving.

-- I-270 South is moving again, after huge backups jammed up the road earlier this morning.

9:05 A.M. UPDATE:

-- The debris on I-495 West has been cleared and is no longer blocking one lane and one of the shoulders after Connecticut Avenue.

-- Debris on the road is still blocking Laurel Bowie Road/MD 197 in both directions (east and west) at Old Laurel Bowie Road in Bowie.

-- A disabled vehicle is also still blocking the right lane on I-395 South at Glebe Road.

8:45 A.M. UPDATE:

Power outage update: There are still more than 1,700 Dominion customers without power in Northern Virginia. Meanwhile, : Pepco's outage map shows Prince George's County to have more than 1,700 customers without power, so disregard the earlier update when the map showed power had been restored; meanwhile, Montgomery County has more than 1,800 customers without power.


8:30 A.M. UPDATE:

-- Debris on I-495 West is blocking one lane and one of the shoulders after Connecticut Avenue.

-- A disabled vehicle is blocking the right lane on the Inner Loop at Leesburg Pike.

-- A disabled vehicle is also blocking the right lane on I-395 South at Glebe Road.

8:05 A.M. UPDATE:

-- There's debris on the road on I-495 West at exit 34 (Rockville Pike/MD 355).

-- The downed tree on River Road/MD 190 North at Persimmon Tree Road in Potomac is has been cleared and northbound traffic can moe again.

7:50 A.M. UPDATE:

The Inner Loop lane has reopened at the Little River Turnpike, but delays remain as you approach the area.

7:45 A.M. UPDATE:

In Virginia, the Inner Loop's right lane remains blocked at Little River Turnpike. There are, unsurprisingly, delays heading in this direction from the Springfield Interchange. On the interchange's other side, there are delays on the Inner Loop east of S. Van Dorn Street.

I-95 North is also pretty backed up around Lorton. And you can also expect your usual delays on I-66 East at the Beltway.

7:30 A.M. UPDATE:

-- I-270 South is a nightmare, with backups stretching from the split back to Gaithersburg.

-- The downed tree on River Road/MD 190 North at Persimmon Tree Road in Potomac is still blocking northbound traffic.

-- Debris on the road is still blocking Laurel Bowie Road/MD 197 in both directions (east and west) at Old Laurel Bowie Road in Bowie.

-- The accident on the Outer Loop at University Boulevard has been cleared.

-- However, the Outer Loop is heavily backed up at Colesville Road.

7:20 A.M. UPDATE:

While there's no big change for power outages in Northern Virginia, there's a big improvement in Prince George's County: Pepco's outage map shows the number has gone from more than 1,000 to fewer than 20 outages.

7:10 A.M. UPDATE:

-- All Massachussetts Avenue lanes have reopened at Observatory Circle in Northwest.

-- There's an accident on I-495 North at the Little River Turnpike blocking the right lane and right shoulder.

-- An accident on the Outer Loop at University Boulevard could cause big delays.

-- There's a report of an accident on I-270 South between Montrose Road and the split; traffic cameras show I-270 South is barely moving in this area, so expect big, big delays.

6:45 A.M. UPDATE:

An update on power outages: There are still more than 1,000 without power in Prince George's County, while 2,906 Dominion customers are without power in Northern Virginia (down from more than 5,000 an hour ago).

6:40 A.M. UPDATE:

-- All lanes have reopened on the eastbound Dulles Toll Road. The Beulah Road Bridge remains closed (it was damaged yesterday by a truck hauling a backhoe). Some eastbound lanes on the Dulles Toll Road will close again later today for more repairs, but all lanes in both directions are going to be open for the morning rush hour.

-- Westbound Massachusetts Avenue has reopened between 34th and 35th streets in Northwest. The inbound/eastbound left lane is open to traffic, while the right lane remains closed from 34th Street to Observatory Circle.

6:28 A.M. UPDATE:

An accident is blocking one lane of Massachusetts Avenue westbound right after Thomas Circle, The Post's Michael Bolden reports.

6:25 A.M. UPDATE:

Massachusetts Avenue is closed in both directions between 34th and 35th streets in Northwest due to downed tree and debris removal.

6:15 A.M. UPDATE:

-- If you want to report outages or debris in the roadway, check here for a full list of folks to contact and resources to use.

-- The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory, warning of winds from 25 to 35 mph and gusts up to 50 mph.

ORIGINAL POST:

Good morning, commuters! Fierce thunderstorms tore through the region overnight, causing some problems that will linger into the morning rush. Expect delays due to widespread power outages, downed trees and wires. The rain should mostly clear up by morning's end, but strong wind gusts will remain a problem. Check back here throughout the morning for updates on problems facing commuters.

-- Rhode Island Avenue is closed between 4th and 12th streets in Northeast due to downed trees and road debris.

-- Most of the power outages remaining are in Northern Virginia, where more than 5,000 Dominion customers are without power right now.

-- ARLnow is reporting that overnight storm damage in Arlington shut down George Mason Drive between Washington Boulevard and 15th Street (just north of I-66), while downed trees and utility lines blocked multiple side streets in Arlington's Tara-Leeway Heights neighborhood.

-- There are also more than 1,300 Pepco customers without power in Prince George's County.

-- There's a downed tree on River Road/MD 190 North at Persimmon Tree Road in Potomac, blocking northbound traffic.

-- Debris on the road is blocking Laurel Bowie Road/MD 197 in both directions (east and west) at Old Laurel Bowie Road in Bowie.

-- The northbound rest area on I-95 North at Dale City is closed due to an electricity outage, and the north and south through lanes are also closed.

-- Lingering problems on the Dulles Toll Road, as the two right lanes on the eastbound Dulles Toll Road are closed near the Beulah Road overpass. The two left lanes on the eastbound Dulles Toll Road and all of the westbound lanes are open but officials expect massive delays.

-- There are major headaches for commuters taking Rock Creek Parkway: Work is closing the ramp to Calvert Street from the northbound parkway. And during the morning rush, the Cathedral Avenue and Woodley Road ramps to the southbound parkway are also closed. Click here for more information.

By Mark Berman  | November 17, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
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Comments

I am still trying to get Travelers Ins Co to pay for extensive damages to my home and property from the July 25,2010 storm. They have been nothing but a big PIA and I have had to hire an attorney to get them to speak with me at all. I think there needs to be better regulation of these insurance companies. If anyone who has suffered extensive property damages has had a good experience with a home "insurance" company I'd like to hear about that !

Posted by: 10bestfan | November 17, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

10bestfan,
My dealings with insurers haven't been as bad as your's but it seems as though insurance companies are very quick to cash checks and very slow to write them.
Years ago my mother-in-law had her first(and only) claim in 47 years. The Farmer's agent told her the damage wasn't covered.
He didn't know that I hold insurance licenses in both MD & PA.
I called him back and explained the loss of use provision as well as some other sections of the homeowner's policy and amazingly everything was covered.
Its no wonder people are immediately apprehensive when insurance is involved.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | November 17, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Clearing the 16th Street/George Mason Drive/Glebe Road area needs to be the highest priority to ensure that the Caps players make it downtown for tonight's game.

Posted by: 1995hoo | November 17, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

That's funny, I didn't notice any problems on my bike ride in this morning.

Posted by: krickey7 | November 17, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

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