Storm rattles area with tornado warnings, lightning
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.