The calm after the storm has descended after a tornado touched down briefly Friday night.
Local fire and rescue personnel spent much of the night clearing a tree that had fallen on a parked pickup truck on Center Harbor Road in Reston. Crews used chainsaws to cut up the tree to open the road. The truck’s owner was not inside the truck at the time.
Scattered downed trees still rested on roads and sidewalks early Saturday morning, including several near Lake Anne Village Center. A house near Quietree and Crosswind Drives was condemned after a tree fell through the roof.
Although the National Weather Service confirmed the tornado touched down, the service has not yet determined the severity of the storm. It will make an announcement after a storm survey during daylight hours today (Saturday).
Restonians reported whistling winds and punctuated bangs that suggest the tornado moved from Bennett Road to the Wiehle Avenue and Lakeport Recreation Area.
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Here’s more from social media a day after the storm:
Around 9 pm last night, crews dispatched to Center Harbor Rd between Reston Pkwy and North Village Rd for large tree that fell on a parked pick truck. Fortunately no one was in vehicle. Tree completely blocked street so crews used chainsaws to cut up tree to open road up. #FCFRD pic.twitter.com/YW2haaHeqn
— Fairfax Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) April 20, 2019
Had this been the 1990s, last night’s tornado in Reston would have hit the emergency room where my late mother worked night shift. A mile later, it would have struck the house where my parents lived. What are the odds?! Fortunately, there was only light damage to property. https://t.co/LzAyNVjWGn
— Sanho Tree (@SanhoTree) April 20, 2019
A few fallen trees and lots of fallen petals near Lake Newport and Reston Parkway. Thanks @NBCWashington Wx team for the heads up last night! @amelia_draper @somaratheodore @darcy_spencer @dougKammerer @ChuckBell4 pic.twitter.com/kzzR1MFubC
— Mike Iserman (@MikeIserman53) April 20, 2019
Photos by Fatimah Waseem. This story will be updated.