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Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 07/13/2011

Fierce storms delay travel ; thousands lose power

[This post has been updated: 5:45 p.m.]

Storms pushing through the region posed a danger for commuters and other travelers during the evening rush hour.

The Post’s Capital Weather Gang says the region can expect showers and some severe thunderstorms into the evening hours. Damaging wind and large hail were possible earlier. However, a severe thunderstorm watch for much of the region was canceled. The front ushered in cooler, drier air, the Weather Gang said.

Some residual flooding remained, especially in Northern Virginia.

Still, utility companies were reporting thousands without power. Dominion Virginia Power was reporting almost 23,000 outages at 5:45 p.m., down from almost 47,000. Pepco had about 300, and BGE less than 200.

Flash flood speed restrictions were slowing trains for riders on Virginia Railway Express’s Manassas Line. Total delays of 75 minutes were possible, VRE said. Train 335 was canceled due to flood delays. Twenty-minute delays were expected on the Fredericksburg Line.

The Maryland State Highway Administration and the Virginia Department of Transportation warned motorists to drive cautiously. Standing water was reported both on Interstate 66 and the Capital Beltway in Virginia. Travel was slow around the Beltway, with speeds averaging less than 25 mph in many jurisdictions.

D.C. emergency officials reported three feet of water under the bridge at South Capitol Street and Malcolm X Ave. SE.

Flights at all three of the Washington region’s major airports were delayed earlier, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, but eased at Dulles and BWI. Flights in Charlotte and the New York area were also affected.

RESOURCES

Here are some resources for checking flights and reporting power outages, downed trees and debris in roadways.

Flights

Airlines serving BWI
Airlines serving Dulles
Airlines serving Reagan National
The FAA’s flight delay map

Utilities

BGE outages: 877-778-2222; downed wires: 800-685-0123; outage map

Dominion outages and downed wires: 866-366-4357; outage map

Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative outages and downed wires: 703-335-0500; outage reports

Pepco outages: 877-737-2662; downed wires: 202-872-343; outage map

Washington Gas: 800-752-7520

Downed trees and debris in roads

Anne Arundel County: After hours, 410-222-6120; northern district, 410-222-6120; central district, 410-222-7940; southern district; 410-222-7940; Annapolis; 410-263-7870.

Arlington County:703-228-6527; after hours, 703-558-2222.

Calvert County: 410-535-1600.

Charles County: 301-932-3450 or 301-870-2778.

The District: 311; clogged storm drains, 202-612-3400.

Fairfax County: 703-324-5033 (Public Works); 571-350-1000 (Emergency Management); 703-383-VDOT.

Howard County: 410-313-3440.

Loudoun County:703-777-0333 (Emergency Management); 703-383-VDOT.

Maryland state: 800-543-2515.

Montgomery County: 240-777-6000.

National Park Service: www.nps.gov/state/dc/

Prince George’s County: 301-499-8520; after hours, 301-499-8600.

Prince William County: 703-792-7070 or 703-383-VDOT.

Virginia State: 703-383-VDOT.

Road conditions

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By Washington Post Editors  |  02:55 PM ET, 07/13/2011

Categories:  Commuting, Weather | Tags:  Weather

 
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