Stormy Weather Causes Chaos: Firefighters Respond to Lightning, Fires, Power Outages

Wednesday afternoon’s turbulent weather wreaked havoc on the region and kept Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services quite busy.

Pete Piringer, a spokesperson for MCFRS, tweeted that firefighters responded to more than 100 911 calls related to weather between 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. ABC7’s Lindsey Mastis reported on Twitter that more than 700 people lost power in Montgomery County.

This photo taken at Butler’s Orchard really sets the mood of the chaotic afternoon:

And here’s a look at some of the chaos happening in the late afternoon:

House Struck by lightning on Spring Meadows Drive

Electrical fire in Chevy Chase bedroom.

Smoke in attic on Broschart Road near Diamond Back Drive

Collision near Home Depot in the area of Georgia Avenue and Connecticut Avenue.

Lightning causes barn fire in the area of Esworthy Road and Seneca.

Firefighters helped animals get safely out of barn.

Downed tree causes lanes to be blocked on Democracy Boulevard between Old Georgetown Road and Fernwood Road

Collision on Woodfield Road and Churchill Downs Road in Laytonsville

Tree falls down and strikes vehicle in Kensington on Old Field Drive, off of Saul Road

Downed tree causes road closure on Bradley Boulevard near Arlington Road

Lanes blocked because of collision involving cement truck and tractor trailer between Middlebrook Road and Montgomery Village Avenue.

Building struck by lightning off Crown Park Avenue in Gaithersburg.

Vehicle fire involving bus on Veirs Mill Road and Ferrara Avenue.

House Fire on Brighton Dam Road.

Collision in Bethesda causes mail truck to spin out and end up on sidewalk on Old Georgetown Road and Beech Avenue.

House Struck by lightning on Split Oak Drive near Honey Bee Lane.

Beltway collision between New Hampshire Avenue and University Boulevard.

Tree down on Beach Drive near Franklin Street in Kensington (happened after 5:30 p.m.).

Power Outage Reports

Additional storm warning tweets by Piringer:

Related Post:

Southeastern Montgomery County Under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning

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About Deirdre Byrne

Deirdre Byrne is a social media coordinator for Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at or on twitter at @DeirdreByrneMCM.


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