D.C. storm: Brief storm pushes through area

Rain soaks largo. (Photo: Brad Bell)

A line of potentially severe storms swept through the D.C. region Monday, bringing gusty winds and two inches of water in some areas.

The storm moved out of the D.C. area by about 1:30 p.m. but left some minor damage, including a tree that fell onto a vehicle in Northeast D.C.

The tree crashed down on a car driven by William Ledford.

“All I saw was a cloud of green leaves and then … the tree came down,”

Ledford says. “I tried to stop in time, but with the wind and the’s hard to judge.”

Ledford and his girlfriend were able to walk away from the vehicle unharmed.

The storm caused some flight delays at regional airports. A ground stop is still in effect at BWI while numerous delays are reported at Reagan and Dulles.

Before the storm reached the D.C. area, a thunderstorm warning was briefly issued at around 11:30 a.m. for Spotsylvania and Stafford counties. Although no tornadoes were reported, isolated wind gusts of 40 mph were reported.

Last week’s heat is now giving way to much cooler weather. Temperatures are expected to drop into the low 50s or even the 40s overnight.

The rain, while brief, was torrential. Visibility was down to a minimum on the Beltway, and in parts of the city it took some careful maneuvering to get through streets.

A family visiting from Atlanta sought shelter during the height of the storm.

“It was pretty windy and pretty hard and we took a break inside National Cathedral, and prayed about and here we go,” says Denise Lodahl.

Despite the intensity of today's storm, it was a welcomed site by many D.C. residents.

“We need rain after all this dry weather,” says Maggie Reilly.