Power Down

A massive storm hit the D.C. area last night, toppling thousands of trees and knocking out power for approximately a million households.

It was 10:30 p.m. last night, when the winds began to pick up outside.  It had been a hellaciously hot day and the temperatures was still in the nineties.

I was standing on my front porch, when the mercury dipped 20 degrees in about five minutes.  The wind started whipping everything about, and the rain came down in sheets.  A moment later the power was out (and stayed out til 6 a.m.)

This morning was cool, until the heat crept back in.  There were dozens of tree limbs scattered on our street but no major structural damage.  My son and I spent the morning hacking and stacking the debris from last night’s storm.  (Chainsaws are great, but an ax is still best for chopping up downed limbs).

From driving around Fairfax, it’s about 50/50 on having power.  My mother has it; my in-laws do not.  My sister in Falls Church is apparently down for three days.

According to Dominion Power, it is seeking to restore power to 409,000 customers — out of a northern Virginia total of 831,000.   Downstate, the totals are not so bad.

Please check in on your neighbors and loved ones.  Use community facilites or local pools to stay cool during the day.  It is anticipated to be 100 degrees again today.


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