Explaining violent storms and a 'rain train' that blasted D.C. area

Explaining violent storms and a 'rain train' that blasted D.C. area

A pair of violent thunderstorms hammered areas south of Washington Wednesday afternoon; the cities of Fredericksburg and Warrenton were particularly hard hit. While the immediate D.C. area was spared those initial blows, it was soaked by a relentless stream of storm cells Wednesday night. This “rain train” caused areas of flooding and bewildered storm-watchers by its unusual north-to-south motion. The Fredericksburg and Warrenton storms — with estimated winds over 80 mph — downed hundreds of trees and led to more than 100,000 power outages. The Fredericksburg storm first developed north of the District before erupting in Prince William County, where it first caused wind damage. The storm then bolted southward along Interstate 95 taking down trees and wires all along its path — which ended south of Richmond. Winds were …
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