High Winds Blow Through Reston

Trees down, storm damage near Lake Anne.

Wednesday night's line of severe storms caused damage in the Lake  Anne area of Reston.

Several trees were down, including two that damaged houses and cars at Wedge Drive and North Shore.

Crews were hard at work Thursday morning to remove debris.

A flash flood warning remains and effect until 12:45 p.m., and the National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the entire area through Thursday afternoon.

Melissa Romano April 28, 2011 at 04:08 PM
Having personally seen the "line" of damage between Wedge Drive and North Shore/along Wiehle, it is hard not to believe this was a small tornado. The line is direct and straight, and the destruction along it is pretty impressive!
native April 28, 2011 at 04:29 PM
I heard whistling noise last night, and wind like I've never heard before, lasting only a second! What a shock when I drove past Wedge Dr & turned left onto Wiehle Ave this morning. I had to drive in the middle of the road due to debris.
Karen Goff April 28, 2011 at 04:31 PM
We are checking with the National Weather Service to see if there might have actually been a tornado touchdown there. We will keep you posted.
Kristen April 28, 2011 at 04:33 PM
Agree Melissa - drove past this scene this mornin on the way to work and thought it had to be a tornado or microburst of some sort to cause that kind of damage to such a small area. we live less than 1 mile from here and there is not one branch down in our neighborhood. Normally w/ a widespread T-storm we get a lot of leaves and branches down.
Amy April 28, 2011 at 05:09 PM
I live in Colvin Woods, and I heard the wind roaring like I've never heard before at about 11:30 pm Wednesday night, and I was about as far from the windows as you can get in my flat. I ran into the bedroom and the rain was coming in halfway across the bedroom. I don't know what it was, but it scared the <bleep> out of me, and the cats went under the beds.
Amy April 28, 2011 at 05:15 PM
I saw a lot of branches down this morning along the sides and median of Wiehle Ave. between the two branches of North Shore.
Rena Corey April 28, 2011 at 05:34 PM
I live less than a mile west of the damage, and we have nothing down, no branches even. I too heard the wind change sound at that time and believe we had a small twister running north/south along Wiehle.
Henry April 28, 2011 at 07:11 PM
It cut from SE to NW across Wedge; the classic freight train roared through in less than a minute about 1120pm on Wed. Nothing got touched just short of the pipeline, but east to the corner of N. Shore, was a wreck. Fortunately, our house didn't even lose a Dogwood blossom!
Matt Leonard April 28, 2011 at 11:49 PM
I live in one of the houses hit. We didn't have a tree fall on the house, but had car damage and plenty of trees down in the back yard. Kudos to three groups: Fairfax County PD, Reston Association, and Fairfax County. After we emerged from the basement we noticed that Wiehle Road was blocked by a tree and cars were driving on the wrong side of the divided road to proceed Northbound. We called 911 and FCPD was there in minutes blocking off the road and had a tree crew there clearing the road in < 2 hours. Wedge Drive was also blocked and the tree there was cleared before morning. The Reston Association arborist team was out Thursday clearing the trees which fell along the sidewalk. The county has a tree team out and cleared all the downed trees and brush along the road. I'm really amazed at the cleanup. We have one tree that is leaning over Wiehle and I think will fall shortly. We were advised to call VDOT and report it which we did. I hope they clear the tree soon and can add them to the list of rapid response teams. Well done all.
Lauren April 29, 2011 at 03:03 AM
I live in the Villas De Espana townhouse neighborhood, right off Northshore, in one of units right along the path that runs up next the retirement home. At around 11:30 we heard a loud roaring noise and we stoped what we were doing and listened to what was happening, the windowns started ratteling and our ears started poping, it was un like anything I'd experienced before. The whole think lasted no longer that a few mintes, but I could still hear trees falling in the woods at 2:30 AM! I took a walk down the path today, and there's no doubt in my mind that what happened list night was a small tornado. It seemed to follow a stream in the Northshore/Wiehle area
Diane Lewis April 29, 2011 at 12:19 PM
Of course, this event will be said to have NOTHING to do with global warming...Mother Nature is sending us all a wakeup call. Thank goodness those nuclear plants in Alabama did not do a Fukushima!
Amy April 29, 2011 at 04:16 PM
That would definitely make sense. There's a creek that runs through the woods behind our building (the "back buildings" of Colvin Woods) . Our apartment faces the back of the building, and the wind blew the rain right in through our windows halfway across the bedroom.
James Lucier May 01, 2011 at 05:56 PM
This has nothing to do with Global Warming. We are experiencing a very strong La Nina this year so the jetstream is in a ripe spot between the warm and cold air to cause these poweful storms. This is the same thing we experienced back in 1974 when we had one of the biggest tornado outbursts.
IJ May 02, 2011 at 04:24 PM
Driving down Whiele Ave, the woods bebind the Tall Oaks Assisted Living Center look like some had bulldozed the trees. There was definitely a heck of a wind storm that went through the area.
Chris Taylor Moller May 04, 2011 at 03:40 AM
I live in south Reston, so had no idea that last week's storms were so bad. The pix I took @ Hidden Creek CC were on Sunday, 5/1. I had been out of town for a while, so was really shocked to see all the damage. Really sorry for you folks in that house next to #6 ladies' tees.
Carolyn Lawson Low May 04, 2011 at 09:56 AM
Thanks for adding the photos, Chris. The NWS did determine that this "event" was a tornado, which seems very obvious from the damage to the trees.


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