Fierce storm hits D.C. area, injures 10 in Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP/WJLA) - A severe thunderstorm blew through southeast Virginia on Thursday, injuring 10 people near the oceanfront in Virginia Beach and causing extensive damage in the city.

Virginia Beach Fire Department Battalion Chief Amy Valdez said two of the injured were taken to a local hospital, while the others were treated at a fire station in the resort area of the city.

Valdez said multiple homes were damaged, power poles were knocked down and a church had its steeple knocked down. She said windows at some oceanfront hotels and businesses were also blown out. Police closed off several blocks of the city while damage was assessed and told the public to stay away.

In addition to wind damage, the storm also caused street flooding in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, making some roads impassable.

Dominion Virginia Power reported more than 5,000 customers were without power in southeastern Virginia late Thursday, with about 3,700 of those in Virginia Beach.

Storm hits D.C. area

Fierce thunder and pounding rain began hitting the D.C. Area right around dinnertime Thursday, catching some pedestrians off guard and sending them scurrying to get to shelter.

In the churning wind on Military Road NW near Rock Creek Park a tree came crashing down onto a minivan, crushing the windshield and part of the roof. The driver's side window collapsed.

The driver appeard to be uninjured as she was interviewing with police and leaving with the tow truck.

There was some minor flooding. The Massachusetts Avenue tunnel under Thomas Circle was flooded in both directions with cars barely able to get through.

ABC7 received reports of storm damage in the Alexandria area.

And a tree was down on the George Washington Parkway shutting down both north and southbound traffic.