A massive tree and downed power lines littered South 6th Street in the Barcroft neighborhood of Arlington on Tuesday afternoon, as Scott Wohlander once again found his car surrounded by debris.
“We had this happen during the derecho,” Wohlander said, referencing the thunderstorm system that ripped through the region over the summer.
Wohlander, his wife and two small children hid in their basement when Hurricane Sandy, dubbed a "superstorm" by meteorologists, struck the region Tuesday evening. It was about 7 p.m. when the family first noticed a large tree in their neighbor's yard was leaning on a power line.
“There were flashes of light and you could hear noises,” Wohlander said.
The tree fell about an hour later, and the power went out on their block. As many as 18,000 lost power in the county overnight, according to Dominion Virginia Power.
“We prepared as much as we can,” Wohlander said, adding that no power company officials had visited his block or called by 1 p.m. Tuesday. He and his family hoped workers would come by soon.
Wohlander and his wife moved their car away from the the debris and downed power lines. County and emergency officials do not recommend residents go near downed wiring, though.
The Wohlander family was not the only one to see debris lining their block. Tuesday morning, Arlington County issued a statement that 22 homes were hit by fallen trees overnight.
About 40 roads are blocked or partially blocked by downed trees, and about 20 traffic signals are not working.
Two homes in Lyon Park suffered major damage due to downed trees — one on 2nd Street North and another about a block away on 2nd Road North.
Neighbors walked by to survey the damage, particularly at the hard-hit home at 2nd Road North and North Edgewood Street.
"They're OK," said Tyler Wilson, who owns a nearby piece of property. "It was the owner's childhood home, I believe."
No known storm-related injuries or fatalities have been reported, according to a county news release.
Outside of the Ballston Garden Apartments, 4316 N. Carlin Springs Road, witnesses said a man cutting down a fallen tree trunk that leaned onto the apartment building fell to the ground at about 2 p.m.
The man was whisked away in a truck and appeared to be OK, said Nick Massmann, who had been out surveying storm damage on the block.
“They had said, ‘Don’t worry, he does this for a living,’ then two seconds later he fell,” Massmann said.
Call the Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation forestry maintenance supervisor at 703-228-6525 for hazardous tree or hazardous branch removal on county property; for general maintenance of trees on county property; or for trees or branches that have fallen on county property.