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Wind Knocks Out Power, Causes Serious Damage
Wind Knocks Out Power, Causes Serious Damage

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) -- Wind gusts knocked down trees and wires, knocked out power, and blew roofs off in the DC metro area Friday.

Nearly half of the metal roof peeled off the DMV and landed on a car along South Four Mile Run Road in Arlington, Va. Friday.

Bharmendra Dumar said he was waiting to change his license for nearly two hours when he heard a loud noise. The DMV was evacuated and no one was injured. But when Dumar went outside, he discovered his car stuck under the roof.

Fire crews tried to push back part of the metal to get his car, but were unable to move it.

Along Leesburg Pike at Baileys Crossroads, a utility pole snapped. Nader Sinnugot at the Shell Station said there was a loud boom, a flash, and then smoke. The Shell along with other businesses nearby are without power.

High winds ripped the roof from a three story co-op apartment building in the 4400 block of Quarles Street, NE Friday afternoon, leaving homeless the occupants of the 14 units after authorities declared the building unsafe for occupancy, and gas and electricity was disconnected.

"There's gaping holes in the roof. This is a flat roof structure. If you can picture a tuna can and taking the top off. It's literally peeled off and precariously hanging over the edge," said Pete Piringer, a spokesman for DC Fire and EMS.

James Quigley has raised even children in the building, and was walking past his exterior mailbox when the winds struck.

"The insulation and everything under the roof started coming out and I turned around and that's when I saw the roof. The roof was up in the air like...the wind had got it," Quigley told 9EWS NOW.

Piringer says about half of the building's approximately 40 occupants had made arrangements to stay with family and friends Friday night. The remaining 20 residents were getting temporary help from the American Red Cross.

A roof was damaged and some brick loosened at a church in Northwest DC as well. The church is located at 2nd and W St NW. Neighbors said wind gusts caused damage to the roof and knocked some bricks down to the ground.

Artina Terrell of Hyattsville, Md. tweeted 9NEWS NOW a picture of a tree that has fallen down on her street. A tree reportedly also fell on a house at 6409 Tilden Lane in Bethesda. Also in Bethesda, trees and wires came down at 8208 Woodhaven Blvd.

Wind also caused power outages in the DC metro area.

Here are the outage totals at 10:51 p.m. for each of the companies by area:


District of Columbia - 818
Montgomery County - 9726
Prince George's County - 749

Virginia Dominion:

Northern Va. -- 8,458

Baltimore Gas & Electric:

Anne Arundel - 6,991
Calvert County - 194
Carroll County - 396
Howard County - 1,698
Montgomery County - 16 
Prince George's County - 1,525

The wind also caused restrictions on traffic on the Bay Bridge Friday. With sustained wind speeds of 40 to 49 mph, Maryland transit officials are not allowing house trailers, empty box trailers, campers, recreational vehicles, hitch trailers with sides or any vehicle that may restrict wind to cross the bridge.  

Maryland transportation officials say two-way traffic on the bridge will not be allowed until the winds subside. For more information call 1-877-BAYSPAN.

According to Shenandoah National Park officials, rain, a fast moving thunderstorm, and a high wind warning kept firefighters from the Smith Run Fire Friday. They say the winds of 25 mph, gusting to 60 mph, will dry leaves and twigs throughout the area.

A High Wind Warning was in effect in the DC Metro area until 7 p.m. and winds have now started to dwindle.