Reston Cleaning Up Damage From Intense Thursday Storm

by Karen Goff June 19, 2015 at 8:20 am 1,920 5 Comments

Tree down in South Reston/Credit: Cynthia

Updated, 1:15 p.m. Friday).

Many residents of South Reston are beginning to clean up this morning after a quick but powerful thunderstorm moved through the area Thursday night, downing trees and power lines.

The storm may have included a microburst, meteorologists said. A microburst is a very localized column of sinking air within a thunderstorm, says the National Weather Service. It can last a few seconds or a few minutes, but has the power to knock over large trees.

The Capital Weather Gang has some detailed information on how Thursday’s microburst formed over Western Fairfax County.

Fox Mill Road, which was closed at Fox View Road overnight dus to a downed tree and power lines, is reopened.

Reston Association says it is working in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Transportation to remove debris from the storm. VDOT is responsible for clearing and ensuring the safety of state streets. Secondary cleanup of the tree debris will be completed after all VDOT roadways are clear and safe, says RA.

Says RA: “Priorities for clearing hazards will be placed on compromised trees that could potentially cause harm to a person and/or damage property or infrastructure.”

The RA Central Services Facility team will also be clearing the RA paths of debris this morning.

Dominion Virginia Power said more than 2,500 Reston-area homes lost power last night. Fewer than 1,000 countywide are still without power this morning.

  • Mary Krupa

    The RA Environmental Advisory Committee is to be allowed on your property today so they may relocate any squirrel nests that may have fallen into your bedroom, bathroom, attic, etc. due to a tree falling on your house. They will be recording what type of tree met its doom and will sound a gong once for every tree ring found on the stump. You will have 72 hours to replant the same type of tree and to provide the relocated squirrels with fresh nuts and water so we may restore the RPA.

    • Mike M


  • GoT Spoilers Suck

    I hope this storm got the proper DRB permits before knocking over these trees.

    Really though, I just want to know how the storm voted on the Tetra purchase.

    • Headless Ned Stark

      But, none of the Heart Trees were damaged?

    • reston realist

      Plus the storm better come back and grind the stump! Otherwise DRB will put a lien on the property.


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