2021 | Weather

High winds cause damage, power outages throughout Montgomery County

Trees fell on two houses in Bethesda

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A tree fell on a house in the area of Newington and Marengo roads in Bethesda. No one was injured.

Photo from Pete Piringer via Twitter

High winds caused damage throughout Montgomery County and left thousands without power from Friday afternoon into early Saturday.

Gusts of more than 50 miles per hour were recorded in the county, according to the National Weather Service.

Trees fell on two houses in Bethesda. Around 6 p.m. on Friday a tree fell on a house in the area of Newington and Marengo roads in Bethesda, Pete Piringer, a Montgomery County Fire & Rescue spokesman, posted on Twitter. No one was injured.

A tree also fell on a house in the 6100 block of Robinwood Road around 1 a.m. on Saturday, according to Piringer. One person who was inside the house was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, he wrote.

Maryland state police posted on Twitter that a tree fell on three vehicles on the Beltway near the  Old Georgetown Road interchange around 11 a.m. on Friday. No one was injured, but the outer loop was closed for about 30 minutes.

Between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Friday, emergency crews responded to more than 100 calls, which were mostly weather related. The calls included:

  • Trees and power lines down on Fairland Road in the eastern part of the county, which caused a power outage at the Fairland Center nursing home in Silver Spring for more than five hours.
  • A tin roof that was blown off of a set of townhomes on Golden Ash Way in Gaithersburg’s Kentlands neighborhood
  • A tree that fell and blocked Little Falls Parkway in Bethesda
  • A brush fire on White’s Ferry Road in Dickerson

Pepco reported that 4,776 customers in Montgomery County were without power at one point during the storm Friday afternoon, utility spokeswoman Amber Burruezo told Bethesda Beat on Saturday. Burruezo said crews quickly restored power.

As of 8:30 a.m. Saturday, 352 Pepco customers were without power in the county, Burruezo said.

Light winds are expected on Saturday and temperatures are expected to reach the upper 60s, according to the weather service.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com