Tropical Storm Isaias leaves downed trees, outages, flooding

UPDATED: Tropical Storm Isaias leaves scattered trees, outages, flooding around Montgomery County

Hundreds of customers lost power

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The area around the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Beach Drive near Rock Creek became flooded Tuesday morning

Photo from Margaret Farrell via Twitter

This story was updated at 10 a.m. on Aug. 5, 2020 to reflect the fact that electricity has been restored to most Pepco customers in Montgomery County

Rain and wind from Tropical Storm Isaias caused scattered flooding, downed trees and power outages in parts of Montgomery County Tuesday morning.

Isaias made landfall as a category 1 hurricane in North Carolina Monday night before weakening to a tropical storm. It made its way to the northeast to the greater Washington, D.C., area Tuesday morning.

The storm dumped between 1 and 2.5 inches of rain on Montgomery County, depending on the area, said Austin Mansfield of the National Weather Service.

Mansfield said there were sustained winds in the county of up to 35 miles per hour on Tuesday, and the strongest wind gust recorded in the county was 51 miles per hour.

At noon on Tuesday, Pepco reported that more than 600 customers in the county were without electricity, according to the utility’s online outage map. By 10 a.m. on Wednesday, the outage map showed that electricity had been restored to all but five customers.

Montgomery County was under a flood warning until 2:30 p.m., and drivers were asked to be careful when driving through low-lying areas.

At one point Tuesday morning, the area around the intersection of Beach Drive and Connecticut Avenue near Rock Creek was underwater, according to a photo posted on Twitter by Margaret Farrell.

Pete Piringer, a spokesman for Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service, wrote on Twitter Tuesday that the Montgomery County Department of Transportation reported more than 20 locations where there were downed trees or high water. Some roads were temporarily closed.

Piringer posted a photo on Twitter Tuesday of a truck that was hit by a falling tree around 9 a.m. on Westlake Road near Tuckerman Lane in the Bethesda area. One person was taken to the hospital with injuries not considered life threatening, Piringer wrote. 

Piringer also wrote on Twitter that there was a downed tree and power lines in the area of Ardennes Avenue between Crawford Drive and Lemay Road in the Rockville area. Power outages were reported in the area, he wrote.

Piringer also wrote that there were multiple crashes near the interchange with Colesville Road and the Beltway in the Silver Spring area, some of which were weather-related.

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

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