Downed trees a concern
One big concern related to the gusting wind is that it could take down trees and wires today.
In Maryland, there were already multiple downed trees creating debris and problems in roadways, according to Lora Rakowski, spokeswoman for the Maryland State Highway Administration. Trees were mainly falling in Montgomery and Frederick counties, she said. On MD 191 at Kendale Road, all lanes are open now but an incident earlier this morning blocked some lanes. And MD 189 at Nantucket Place was temporarily closed due to a tree across the road, but all lanes have reopened.
There were accidents this morning but no fallen trees in Northern Virginia, the Virginia State Police reported.
In the District, trees and wires were down before 6 a.m. on the 1800 block of Lawrence Street in Northeast. There were also trees down and blocking the roadway on 37th and U streets in Northwest. There's a downed streetlight at 4th and Michigan in Northeast, the police reported.
But the biggest concern rests in what lies ahead: the wind is only going to pick up until later this afternoon.
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