State of Emergency: 15,000 Without Power in Loudoun; Widespread Road Closures

The powerful nor’easter that shut down schools throughout the region today has left thousands of Loudoun homes and businesses without electricity and numerous roads closed by downed powerlines and trees. Gov. Ralph Northam this afternoon declared a statewide state of emergency in response to the weather.

At times Rt. 15 and  Rt.50 were among the scores of roads that were closed to traffic. See the full listing of reported road closures here.

High winds—gusts in excess of 65 mile per hour were measured at Dulles Airport this morning—continued through the day.

At 4 p.m., Dominion Energy was reporting that 15,000 Loudoun customers were without power. NOVEC reported that 2,5000 of its Loudoun customers were without power.

The state of emergency declaration is designed to better coordinate emergency response efforts and to ensure localities have access to resources they need.

School leaders made the call to cancel classes early this morning and the federal government shut down operations in Washington because of the hazardous weather. Many businesses also were forced to close because of the power outages.

Outages also forced the closure the Purcellville Library, the Claude Moore Recreation and Community Center, the Claude Moore Park and Visitors Center, the Round Hill Indoor Aquatic Center, and the Bluemont Community Center.

A twisted cedar tree falls across Gulick Mill Road south of Leesburg. [Chris Manthos]
An uprooted tree rest on power lines along Leesburg’s Dry Mill Road, one of many streets closed to traffic because of damage from high winds. [Douglas Graham/Loudoun Now]
A Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office deputy shows up to assess the damage and reroute traffic. [Patrick Szabo/Loudoun Now]
Joe Drumheller, a resident on Hurley Lane, runs to get his chainsaw to cut up the tree that was blocking the road to his home all day. [Patrick Szabo/Loudoun Now]

A tree blocks Hurly Lane west of Leesburg.
Shortly after 12:30 p.m. access to the Leesburg Bypass from West Market Street was closed because of a power line in the road. There are numerous road closures across the county and about 15,000 Loudoun homes and businesses without power.

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