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Old 07-25-2010, 10:32 PM
 
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At least two people have died and hundreds of thousands were/are without power. We found that most of Western Loudoun was without power. We saw many, many, downed trees, downed power lines and traffic lights out. We were without power for several hours. I don't know exactly how long since we gave up and went out to dinner. Magnolia Mill had no power so they were closed, ditto the other restaurants in Purcellville and Hamilton. We ended up at Tuskies, where we could finally find a table, at 8:00.

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Old 07-26-2010, 05:39 AM
 
Location: Bettendorf, IA
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My wife and I were walking the W&OD trail in S.W. Leesburg when the storm hit. We about a quarter mile from our car when the rain started to fall hard. On the way back we had to go around a large limb that fell on the trail that was not there just 20 minutes prior to us passing that way earlier. We could feel the temperature drop; probably over 20 degrees!
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Old 07-26-2010, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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That was one weird storm! Whipped up in a hurry...I was outside working in the yard when it suddenly got dark to the NW of our house and then the wind gusts, wow! But it was over within 20 mins and I was without power for 17 hours! This is the first time we've lost power in VA and I have to say I'm not impressed. In CT we lost power at least 2-3 times per year (we used to joke that if a squirrel dropped a nut on our power line we'd lose power)...but NEVER for more than 3-4 hours max, certainly not 17 hours, unless it was from a hurricane or we did have a microburst once that looked like a tornado came thru. I drove around alot right after the storm and yes I saw trees down but not widespread damage. Any one know where the big issues were that knocked out the power to 40,000+ Loudouners?
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Old 07-26-2010, 11:57 AM
 
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I was in my basement totally oblivious until it was mostly over with. A little while later my friend and I tried to go to SYMS in Falls Church and their power was out. Didn't realize it was such a storm!
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Old 07-26-2010, 03:51 PM
 
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We totally missed it as we were down at Lake Anna and didn't have a drop of rain there, or at least not before we left at 4:00 and none on the way home. Finally turned on the radio in Gainesville and heard about it, saw a couple of small trees knocked over at the McDonalds out there but no damage noticed, and no power out, in the Chantilly/Fair Lakes area.
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Old 07-26-2010, 09:29 PM
 
Location: WA
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If I could ask, is it common in this region for storms to cause such damage?
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Old 07-26-2010, 09:58 PM
 
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If I could ask, is it common in this region for storms to cause such damage?
No, not really. We pretty much get our share of nasty summer storms every year, but usually not nearly as damaging as I am seeing on the news this particular time.
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Old 07-26-2010, 10:04 PM
 
Location: WA
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Okay. Thanks, scottfs; that's helpful.
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