Severe weather impacts travel in Northern Virginia


Some have nicknamed it “windmaggeden.” 

It’s part of a severe weather system throughout the east coast — and regional airports were not taking any chances. 

By 5 p.m. Friday, there were 347 flight cancellations and 67 delays at Reagan airport. At Dulles, there were 90 cancellations and 95 delays. 

“In the northeast severe weather and precipitation has delayed a significant number of flights. While here (Northern Virginia) locally, high winds that started gusting this morning have cancelled many more.” explained Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Spokesperson Andrew Trull. 

Not surprising, as wind gusts neared 70 mph regionally on Friday. 

Trull suggests anybody flying during “windmaggaden” check in with their airline in advance. 

“Many airlines have instituted flexible rebooking policies, so you yourself, can do it without incurring any change fees.” he said. 

Back on the ground, travel was also treacherous — in fact, simply being in one’s home could be dangerous. By 2 p.m. Friday, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue had responded to 569 requests for help — 47 involving a tree falling onto or into a home — and 136 incidents involving downed power lines. 

However, things weren’t all bad, many rideshare service drivers we spoke with say business is pretty good because many people don’t want to take their own car out. 

Friday, Matthew, an Uber driver, exclaimed, “Yes! It’s so busy with the weather! I love it!” 

Busy, but Matthew and those he shared the road with, had a lot to look out for. By 4 p.m. Friday Fairfax County Police had received around 70 reports of downed trees and or power lines in roadways. 

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