On Monday morning, it looked like a tornado had passed through, by the intersection of Bruce Place and Ainger Place, in Southeast Washington, DC. The roof of a three-story apartment building was toppled by the strong winds, and flew onto the streets.
As of 8:00a.m., a power line remained smashed, dangling from a tree branch. Wires and transformers remained down as well, as shards of glass could be found all over the street. At least two cars took substantial damage from the falling debris, including one with a smashed back window.
"I heard the wind whipping like 'whoo-whoo-whoo-whoo-whooo,'" said neighbor Derek Love. "I was like golly."
D.C. Fire and EMS first tweeted about the incident at approximately 9:30 p.m., reporting that there were no injuries. At the time of their arrival, the residents were evacuated, although some were able to re-enter overnight.
"I was watching TV," said Tony Whitsey, who lives in the building. "And there was a big boom. The transformer blew up. And that was it. I went to get my neighbors and find out what was going on."
Early Monday morning, crews arrived to start cleaning the mess up. On the roof, D.C. Housing Authority was seen assessing the damage.
Pauline and Gale Blocker live across the street, and said they were amazed by the damage.
"We never experienced anything like this before," said Gale. "Never. We see it on TV, but we never expected it to happen to us.