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Most area roadways reopen after heavy storms, flooding from Tuesday evening

A tree fell on vehicles along the eastbound side of Interstate 70 in Howard County on Tuesday. (Courtesy of Allan H. Kittleman/Howard County Executive)

Updated at 8:47 a.m.

Part of Beach Drive in Northwest Washington is closed because of standing water. The closure is on the northbound lanes of Beach Drive between Piney Branch Parkway and Tilden Street. It is not clear how long it will last.

Original post at 5:55 a.m.

No major or secondary roadways were closed early Wednesday morning from the heavy rains and flooding Tuesday. And Metro’s Cleveland Park stop reopened after being shut down Tuesday because of flooding on an escalator and stairwell.

Area transportation officials warned drivers to use caution because ramps and some roads could still have standing water. Drivers are reminded to slow down and allow extra time for travel.

In Prince William County, Route 29 was reopened early Wednesday after it had been closed in both directions for several hours because of downed power lines. There were no reports of delays or flooding on Route 50 in Virginia. The roadway in Loudoun County was closed for a while Tuesday afternoon near Carter’s Farm Lane because of downed trees and power lines.

There were parts of the region that were dealing with storm cleanup. In Howard County, forecasters said there was a tornado confirmed in parts of that area.

In Montgomery County, lightning struck a house in Silver Spring, according to officials. There were no reported injuries, but there was heavy damage to the fireplace at the home.

Several areas in the D.C. region saw downpours of rain and high winds that lead to downed power lines and trees, some flooding and power outages. Flights at area airports were also delayed because of the weather.

Fierce storms bring commuter woes, power outages to Washington area

There were no major power outages early Wednesday morning, although thousands of area customers lost power Tuesday.

On Wednesday morning, about 1,200 customers of Dominion Power were without electricity in the Northern Virginia area. Most of those were in the Arlington area and in Fauquier and Loudoun counties. There were fewer than five customers of Pepco without power. They are in Prince George’s County.



Flash flooding overwhelmed the Cleveland Park Metro station on June 21, turning the escalators into waterfalls and forcing passengers to slog through water. (Video: Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post)