Mighty gusts of up to 60 mph left the Capital Dome dark, delayed flights and left hundreds in Washington DC without power late Wednesday.
The high winds caused an hour long ground stop of flights to Reagan National Airport according to NBC Washington and gusts were recorded at 51 mph at Dulles International Airport and 47 mph at National Airport.
Electrical surges impacted the power supply to the U.S. Capitol where an outage was reported around 8:30 p.m., spokesperson Matt Guilfoyle told NBC News. It was restored around half-an-hour later.
As of 4 a.m. ET almost 1700 people remained without power according to the Pepco power company.
“Crews are working quickly, but they have to work safely,” spokesman Bob Hainey told The Washington Post in an earlier interview.
First published March 13 2014, 1:33 AM
Henry Austin joined NBC News as a contributor in June 2013, and covers domestic and foreign breaking stories for NBCNews.com. Austin joined NBC News after more than 10 years as a reporter. After starting at British press agency South West News Service, he moved to British newspapers The Sun and The People, before relocating to Canada to help set up press agency Hot News. There, he covered U.S. news stories for a variety of newspapers and magazines around the world.
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