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The DC region is facing floods, felled trees and wires after heavy rain

Written by Javed Iqbal

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Residents in the DC area woke up Thursday to felled trees and wires, power outages and some flooding after heavy storms overnight.

The hardest hit areas were in northern Virginia, including Warrenton and Middleburg. In Fauquier County, primary schools canceled summer school for the day due to power outages and storm damage in the area.

Early Thursday morning, nearly 17,000 customers of Dominion energy was without power in northern Virginia – mostly in the counties of Fauquier, Fairfax and Loudoun. Dominion officials did not give an estimate of when the power would be fully restored, but said crews were at work.

Amber Wilson told NBC4 that she was sitting in the living room of her home in Warrenton when she “suddenly” “heard a big old snap”.

“I was not sure if it was shining,” she said, “then it was in slow motion. The tree fell, and I remember saying, ‘Please do not hit my house,’ but it did, and she was stuck inside her home.

Brandie Schaeffer, Warrenton’s mayor, told NBC4 that crews were working to clean up the area. The city’s government offices were closed Thursday, she said, adding that “the priority is to get the highways reopened and ensure that power lines are fully secured.”

“It’s going to be a few days before we’re back to normal,” she said.

In Montgomery County, officials said several roads were closed due to fallen trees and flooding.

Thursday morning, some trees were down and blocked sections of the highway along the Beltway’s outer loop between Old Georgetown and the River roads. Parts of Bradley Boulevard in Bethesda also had high tide.

Along Beach Drive between Connecticut Avenue and Kensington Parkway, officials said several vehicles were stranded Wednesday night due to flooding. No one was seriously injured.

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