Falling tree kills woman as rain continues to drench Fairfax

A woman was killed Monday night when a tree, loosened by rain, fell into her home in the 5900 block of Burnside Landing Drive in Burke. And rain continues to make travel dangerous through parts of Fairfax County on Tuesday.

Firefighters rescued people who’d been trapped in vehicles at least four times before 11 a.m. Tuesday. The rescues were in Reston, Annandale and Springfield. As of 9 a.m. Tuesday more than 30 roads in the county were closed because of high water or downed trees or power lines. Emergency officials also report an uptick in the number of people who have been moving cones and barriers and driving through flooded roads, adding to their problems.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected to become wider and stronger through the day Tuesday and continue all day Wednesday. Fairfax County emergency officials report multiple rounds of torrential rainfall are possible and 2″-3″ may fall before Wednesday morning.

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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. He has won two Ohio State Awards for his reporting and producing and he led coverage that won an Edward R. Murrow Award.