Storm rat­tles area with tor­nado warn­ings, light­ning

The Washington Post Sunday - - OBITUARIES - BY MARTIN WEIL martin.weil@wash­post.com

Rain fell in tor­rents and buck­ets Satur­day night, out of a sky turned green in spots. Hail rat­tled down and wa­ter rose on streets, and as if the thun­der and light­ning were not omi­nous enough, tor­nado warn­ings came of­ten.

As of about 9 p.m. Satur­day, no tor­na­does had been con­firmed, although weather con­di­tions ap­peared ripe for them to form. Peo­ple were urged to take shel­ter. At least one fun­nel cloud was spot­ted, in the Stafford County, Va., area.

Thou­sands of homes and busi­nesses were with­out elec­tric­ity, in­clud­ing about 22,000 in the parts of North­ern Vir­ginia served by Do­min­ion Vir­ginia Power.

Hail fell all over the Dis­trict, with re­ports ar­riv­ing from Georgetown, Pet­worth and Adams Mor­gan.

Light­ning strikes were mea­sured in the hun­dreds. Some tore down from black skies in what ap­peared to be bril­liant sheets rather than jagged streaks.

And thun­der rolled across the re­gion: “Crash, bam! Bang!” was the de­scrip­tion of a res­i­dent of cen­tral Ar­ling­ton.

Rain fell at a rate of al­most two inches an hour in spots, over­whelm­ing storm drains.

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