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Jennifer Vermillion of Washington, D.C., feared repeat of June's Derecho storm that left neighborhood in the dark

10:36 PM, Jul 18, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- When Jennifer Vermillion's house lost power Thursday after a huge tree collapsed on power lines in her northwest Washington neighborhood, she said her only thought was, here we go again.

"Yes, exactly," Vermillion said.

Vermillion and most of her neighbors were in the dark for nearly a week after last month's derecho uprooted several trees on Arcadia Place, at least one of which, according to residents, had a hollowed-out and, therefore, badly damaged, root system.

Fortunately, only tree, also with a hollowed-out root system, came down on Arcadia Place during Wednesday's late afternoon storm, and, even more fortunately, nobody was injured and only house was slightly damaged.  

About six miles away, in Wheaton, a toppled tree was also causing serious problems Wednesday.  

Strong winds knocked a tree down into some power lines, which then fell into Cheryl Kelly's house and started a fire.


Nobody was injured but Kelly was pretty shaken up, though grateful that it wasn't worse..

"We're safe, God has kept us, and that's all that's important," Kelly said.

Some residents near Annapolis were also feeling fortunate on Wednesday, after a lightning strike caused a two-alarm fire in their house, resulting in pretty extensive damage but no injuries.

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