Strong storms peel off roofs, cause damage throughout area

Thursday's storm badly damages SE DC apartment building

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Damage and flooding is being reported across the D.C. metro area Thursday after a line of severe weather passed through.

The severe weather blew the roof off a residential building at Washington View Apartments on Stanton Road in Southeast, D.C. The debris crushed several cars and knocked out the power. Police are on the scene and have closed roads in the area. No injuries have been reported.

The storm damaged 36 apartments, forcing 104 out of their home, said Nicole Peckumn with D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

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Strong winds also peeled off parts of the church roof next to Gonzaga College High School in Northwest. Photos show a large chunk of the St. Aloysius Church roof gone. Several roads near the school are closed while crews clean up debris from the roof.

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Emergency crews had to help rescue three people stuck in their car after water overflowed onto Brock Bridge Road in Laurel. The spot typically floods after heavy rain, Prince George’s County Fire official Mark Brady tweeted.

In Bowie, a massive tree sliced into a house on Victoria Heights Drive. Sky9 was over the scene, which appeared to show most of the damage to the garage. No injuries were reported.

Hail fell through the area and strong winds brought down several trees, including some along the Tidal Basin in D.C. The National Park Service reported cherry blossom trees are among those damaged by the storm.

Toppling trees also brought down traffic lights in the District.

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Many photos from WUSA9 viewers showed pea- to penny-sized hail.

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