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Watch: Footage From the Storms That Ripped Through DC Saturday

First-person accounts that capture the power—and damage—of the thunderstorm.

A tree down on Chain Bridge Road. Photograph by Evy Mages .

A thunderstorm struck Washington, DC, on late Saturday afternoon, abruptly interrupting the intense heat wave that had caused Mayor Muriel Bower to activate a Hot Weather Emergency through the weekend. While the region is familiar with summer storms, this one was particularly violent due to extreme gusts known as “downbursts.” Winds reached up to 80 MPH in spots, resulting in downed trees, property damage, road closures, and widespread power outages across the Washington area. One death in Virginia has also been attributed to the storm, Below are a handful of videos that show the powerful weather event, and the damage it left behind.


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Malcolm Ferguson
Editorial Fellow