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Several roads closed because of downed wires, high water in area

Updated at 11:07 a.m.

The D.C. area continued to clean up from strong overnight storms.

About 4,300 Pepco customers — many in Prince George’s County — were still without power. In a Twitter post, Pepco said: “severe storm caused significant damage to our system.”

In Northern Virginia, about 6,300 customers of Dominion Virginia Power were also without power. By 11 a.m., that number had dropped to 2,600 customers.

Updated at 8:02 a.m.

Some roads in the region are starting to reopen as crews have worked to clean up downed wires and trees from strong overnight storms.

D.C. Police said East Capitol Street at Third Street NE has reopened. An underpass that had been closed at South Capitol Street and Malcolm X SE has also reopened.

Original post at 5:30 a.m.

After overnight storms, several roads in the D.C. area are closed Wednesday morning because of downed wires and trees as well as standing water. Power outages are widespread.

Pepco reported more than 9,000 of its customers — mostly in Prince George’s County — were without power. In Northern Virginia, about 7,600 customers were without power, mainly in the Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax areas.

Here are some of the road closures throughout the region:

  • In Maryland, the southbound lanes of Clopper Road at Mateny Road in Montgomery County were closed. In Prince George’s County, strong winds overturned the roof of a gas station in Bowie, according to authorities. No one was injured and there were no gas leaks.
  • In Virginia, the Eisenhower Connector underneath the Capital Beltway was closed in part as crews dealt with dirt that had washed onto the roadway.
  • In the District, East Capitol Street at 3rd Street in Northeast is blocked and the 100 block of Independence Avenue is also blocked in both directions because of downed trees. In Northwest Washington, there were reports that part of Foxhall Road and Cathedral Avenue were blocked because of downed wires.
  • There were also reported problems along Pennsylvania Avenue at Suitland Parkway because a power outage was causing a stop light to not work. And there were problems on South Capitol Street and Malcolm X in Southeast, authorities said, because of standing water.
  • And for some guests to the White House — a group of young Girl Scouts — who were supposed to camp out on the lawn overnight the storms washed out their sleepover. The girls, who were from Maryland, Virginia, D.C. and West Virginia, got to meet first lady Michelle Obama and President Obama outside on the lawn. But when heavy rains began to fall, the campers were moved to a conference room in an office building near the White House.