Multiple homes on Kent Island fell victim to the storm.

This is what we were seeing on radar as the storm passed through Stevensville, Md. On the left is regular reflectivity, which we use to see where the heaviest rain and hail is falling. On the right is wind speed and direction, which shows where the circulation is located. The pink and red colors indicate winds are blowing east; green indicates winds are blowing west. (RadarScope)

Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, the National Zoo Pandas

by Greg Barber

They’re two of Washington’s most famous residents: Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, the giant pandas at the National Zoo. Loaned through an agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association, the pandas are one of the zoo’s star attractions, living in a specially constructed panda enclosure and watched by devotees on streaming Panda Cams.

Since the panda population is dwindling — the Smithsonian estimates that as few as 1,600 giant pandas survive in the mountains of China — efforts to breed Mei Xiang and Tian Tian generate heavy attention. Mei Xiang gave birth in September 2012 to a female cub that died six days later. Mei Xiang had five consecutive false pregnancies between 2007 and 2012. Mei Xiang most recently gave birth on Aug. 23, 2013.

Gallery: Photos of Mei Xiang and Tian Tian