Low visibility on roads, flash floods and tornado warnings created an interesting commute home for Montgomery County residents Friday evening.
The severe thunderstorms, which began shortly after 2 p.m. in the metro region, hit Montgomery County around 3 p.m.
With a tornado watch issued for the county through 9 p.m., some residents heard sirens blaring when there was a possibility of tornadoes forming near them. Northern Montgomery County experienced some flooding. The county decided to closed playing fields in Damascus and Germantown and blocked some bridges in Olney. Most of the county, however, only experienced heavy rains.
Here's how the storms affected residents:
- The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning through 9:30 p.m.
- More than 14,000 Pepco customers were without power in the region Friday, according to Pepco's website. However only about 300 residents in Montgomery County were still without power early Saturday morning.
- Local airports grounded planes for most of the evening as the storm passed through the region, according to ABC7. However, planes departing from Dulles began running as scheduled around 10 p.m. BWI and Reagan soon followed.
- WMATA even shut down the Orange line Friday afternoon after a tree fell onto the tracks. The line was running normally later in the evening.
- The county operated its emergency alert system. You can receive alerts by signing up at Alert Montgomery.
- The Nationals game scheduled for Friday was postponed until a later date.
This post was updated Saturday at 12:54 a.m.
So what are you seeing out there? Is your power out? Are trees downs in your neighborhood? Add your pictures of the storm to this post.