Fire and rain snarl cars and trains in Fairfax during Friday PM rush

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.

 

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Ed Tobias brings more than four decades of reporting and news management experience to his work at FairfaxNews. Tobias managed news coverage for Associated Press Radio for over twenty years.  This included coverage of the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Princess Diana, the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters and national election primaries, conventions and campaigns.  He was part of the team that built AP’s on-line video operation. Prior to joining AP, Tobias was News Director at all-news WTOP in Washington, D.C.
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