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Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 07/25/2011

Storms cause power outages, flight delays and flooding

First we endure days of heat, now there’s dangerous rain.

Emergency officials have reported flooding around the Washington region, with reports of cars being washed off roads in Howard and Northern Montgomery counties.

Heavy rain has been reported around the Springfield Mixing Bowl and along the Interstate 95 corridor between Washington and Baltimore.

Flash flood warnings extend through much of the region until 6:15 p.m.

Drive with caution, especially in areas that are prone to flooding. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency:
• Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars and may cause you to lose control or stall.
• A foot of water will float many vehicles.
• Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles — even SUVs and pickups.

Flooding is likely in low-lying areas and on streets with slow drainage. Additionally, flooded areas may be more difficult to identify at night, they said.

The Maryland Transit Administration reported that both heat and flood restrictions were in place on the MARC Brunswick and Camden lines. The MTA estimated delays may run 15 to 20 minutes for commuters.

Power delays seemed minimal in the Washington area, although BGE was reporting outages for about 4,000 customers in Baltimore City and County.

Flight delays were being reported at many major airports in the eastern portion of the country, including Dulles, BWI, New York’s three major airports, Charlotte and Atlanta.

[Resources for reporting problems after the jump]

RESOURCES

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

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: http://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

Live traffic map | Maryland | Virginia

Flights

If you're flying out of town, here are some resources for more information on how your specific flight plans may be affected:

Airlines serving BWI
Airlines serving Dulles
Airlines serving Reagan National
The FAA's Flight Delay map

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By Washington Post Editors  |  04:00 PM ET, 07/25/2011

Categories:  Commuting, Weather | Tags:  Weather

 
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