Storms pushed through Fairfax County around 5:00 p.m. Friday downing trees, one right after the other. One blocked the ramp from east-bound Route 7 to the east-bound Dulles Toll Road. Another tree blocked Metro tracks near Dunn Loring. Trains were forced to single-track between West Falls Church and Vienna, snarling travel on the Orange Line.
At about the same time, a tractor-trailer fire forced police to shut down the ramp from east-bound I-66 onto the outer loop of the Beltway. It remained closed for a number of hours.
Winds were gusting as high as 45 miles an hour at National Airport during these late afternoon storms, according to the National Weather Service, and up to 37 miles an hour at Dulles.