The storm that rolled through Loudoun last night around 7:30 was pretty fierce, and we were on the way from Leesburg to Purcellville via Dry Mill Road when it opened up. For those of you not familiar with the road, it’s the “back way”, and it’s lined with gigantic trees on both sides of the road. When the lightning started to crack, we pulled into the new Shenstone Reserve neighborhood to get to a clear spot…really didn’t want to get crushed by falling limbs!
When it calmed down a bit, we kept going, and had to inch around a tree that came down across from the construction going on at Scott Jenkins Park (one of the brand new bus shelters blew over, along with every one of the saplings that were planted there). Couldn’t get through Hamilton as something (another tree? power pole?) was blocking the road in town, and the fire department had already responded. We ran into more blocked back roads trying to cut home via Sands Road and then trying to loop around on Hughes Street. There was a HUGE tree broken off in front of the Catholic Distance University as well (picture below). Several homes and cars in town had damage from downed limbs.
The storm was not nearly as violent in Purcellville, although I heard from friends that Waterford still didn’t have power at 1 am. Hoping that all of my readers are safe and unhurt. Here’s a few photos I snapped from the car: