Heavy winds toppled trees onto cars, homes and power lines throughout Loudoun County this morning as a storm packing sustained wind gusts in excess of 60 mph rolls through Northern Virginia.
The U.S. Weather Service reported a wind gust of 71 mph around noon Friday.
A home on the 200 block of North Beech in Sterling had a huge tree fall on the vehicle in the driveway and damage the house. The homeowner said their homeowner’s insurance would not cover the damage but was happy that nobody was injured.
Area schools and many businesses were closed. Federal government offices in the Washington, D.C., region were also closed.
More than a dozen flights out of Dulles International Airport were canceled. Thousands of flights were caceled across the county.
Heavy winds were expected to continue this afternoon and start to taper off after 5 p.m. Wind warnings remain in effect through 5 a.m. Saturday.
Road closures and downed power lines reported included:
- 18900 block of Silcott Springs Road in Purcellville.
- Woodgrove Road between Sunny Ridge Road and Allden School Road
- South Rickard Road west of Milltown Road.
- Dry Mill Road SW at Lee Ave SW in Leesburg
- Mountain Road at Nicewarner Lane
- Potomac View Road at Harry Byrd Highway (traffic lights out)
- Route 15 South of Wil Store
- Snickersville Road at Sam Fred Road
- John Mosby Highway at Parsons Road
- St. Louis Road at Foxcroft Road
- Foggy Bottom Road near Austin Grove Road.
- Snickersville Turnpike near Sam Fred Road.
- Harmony Church Road near Hughesville Road
- Hamilton Station Road near Hamilton Pines Lane.
- Harpers Ferry Road near Vinyard View Place.
- Harpers Ferry Road near Bittersweet Lane.
- Berlin Turnpike near Piggott Bottom Road.
- Foxcroft Road near Middlbburg.
- Dry Mill Road near Thomas Mill Road.
- Edward’s Ferry Road in Leesburg
Trash collection in Leesburg was also cancelled.