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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— Priya Mathew (she/her) (@pmathew814) July 29, 2023
We couldn't be prouder of the @USArmyOldGuard Soldiers who watch over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Winds reached 60-85 mph in the DC region. This sentinel leans into it and continues marching.
— Arlington National Cemetery (@ArlingtonNatl) July 30, 2023
Just a casual afternoon storm in DC today. pic.twitter.com/WkPBthp7HH
— Anne Cutler (@AnneCutler) July 29, 2023
This is a heartbreaker 😢 https://t.co/ZvUk6YtDPt
— The Hill is Home (@theHillisHome) July 31, 2023
Foxhall & Garfield in NW #DC this am. Took this on my way to work.
— Ryan Miller (@RyanMiller_WX) July 30, 2023
Sheridan Circle in Northwest D.C. after the storm moved through the area. pic.twitter.com/U0oJCpohT0
— DC News Now (@DCNewsNow) July 30, 2023