High Winds Wreak Havoc

The massive gusts of wind that Loudouners have been experiencing since last night haven’t just blown over garbage bins and scattered loose paper—it’s also caused significant damage and put lives at risk.

The National Weather Service reported an average wind speed of 21.2 mph at Dulles International Airport between 7 a.m. Sunday and 3 p.m. Monday, with the highest gust reported as 51 mph at 2:52 p.m. today. A wind advisory has been in effect much of the day.

For 28-year Leesburg resident Sharon Nichols, the wind not only blew her trampoline out of her fenced-in backyard and into her front lawn, but it also knocked a more than 15-foot-long, 12-inch wide pine tree branch onto her deck, shattering a glass table and nearly piercing through her back window into her living room where her mother sits.

Nichols said this isn’t the first time wind has knocked branches from the pine trees on Catoctin Elementary School’s property into her yard and caused damage. She said it was three years ago that the wind blew a branch onto and broke her back fence.

Of course, the damage and disarray is noticeable in more places than one all across Loudoun. According to Dominion Energy, 461 customers were reported being without power today.

pszabo@loudounnow.com

Monday’s winds knocked a massive pine tree branch onto Leesburg resident Sharon Nichols’ deck, shattering a glass table. [Patrick Szabo/Loudoun Now]
High winds blew Leesburg resident Sharon Nichols’ trampoline from her backyard to her front lawn. [Patrick Szabo/Loudoun Now]

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