(Updated at 6:30 p.m.) The thunderstorm has passed, but it has left some destruction in its wake, taking out electricity for more than 8,000 people in Fairfax County.
According to PowerOutage.US, there are currently 8,707 customers without power in the county.
The worst damage is in the Groveton and Hybla Valley area along Route 1, where around 5,835 Dominion Energy customers are currently without power, according to the utility company’s outage map.
Outages have also affected over 500 customers in Springfield.
The outages come after a thunderstorm hit the D.C. area earlier this afternoon (Monday), prompting reports of quarter-sized hail.
The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Fairfax County until 4:45 p.m.:
HAZARD…70 mph wind gusts and half dollar size hail.
IMPACT…Damaging winds will cause some trees and large branches to fall. This could injure those outdoors, as well as damage homes and vehicles. Roadways may become blocked by
downed trees. Localized power outages are possible. Unsecured light objects may become projectiles.
* Locations impacted include… Arlington, Alexandria, Centreville, Waldorf, Dale City, Annandale, Clinton, Springfield, Fort Washington, Fairfax, Fort Hunt, Vienna, Groveton, Falls Church, Huntington, Coral Hills, Mantua, Fort Belvoir, Woodbridge and National Harbor.
NWS urges residents to move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was also issued for the county. It was expected to last until 9 p.m., but got canceled shortly before 5:30 p.m. after the storm moved on.
— Fairfax County Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) May 16, 2022
Angela Woolsey contributed to this report.
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