Near misses, chaos mark summer storm
The Washington region took a pounding Wednesday from yet another fast moving summer storm that shut down roads, knocked out power and nearly destroyed a home.
In the morning, fast-falling rain flooded a number of streets and boulevards that simply couldn't keep up with this storm's pace.
"Man, it came down. It must have been two or three inches in a short period of time. That's the thing," said Bob Decker, who lives in Montgomery County.
Chaos on area roads lasted well into the night. A section of Bradley Boulevard in Bethesda was down to one lane during the evening rush thanks to debris from a fallen tree.
Then, we found two extraordinary near-misses. Residents of Ingomar Place in Northwest D.C. say an evergreen braced the fall of what's left of a tree, preventing trunk and limbs from crashing into a house.
On galena place in Palisades, a massive tree toppled into Megan Campbell's front yard.
"And my first thought was it hit the house," said Campbell.
The tree took out her fence, uprooted her walkway, ripped down a mess of wires, but "missed" her home by only five or six feet.
She told us, "I just feel extremely grateful...that we weren't here at the time."
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