WASHINGTON —

Interstate 270 was briefly closed during the afternoon rush hour Monday after a severe storm knocked down trees and wires between Clarksburg (Exit 18) and Hyattstown/109 (Exit 22).

By about 4:45 p.m. the road had reopened, however delays were impacting traffic on both sides.

MATOC said in a tweet the northbound delays started after Middlebrook Road (Exit 13.) Southbound delays started at MD-80 (Exit 26/Fingerboard Road).

Officials said a tree hit a Potomac Edison power line that fell on both sides of I-270. 

Tree down on I 270 SB Monday
Katrina Bishop

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