Weather Alert: Strong Winds Could Cause More Power Outages


    After strong storms overnight, rain is moving out of the D.C. area early Monday, with just a few showers left here and there. Winds will be the main story Monday, and some power outages are possible, but the severe weather threat is over.However, a wind advisory will be in effect for most of the area from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday. The strongest winds are likely from late morning through afternoon, the National Weather Service said. Get Breaking News Alerts With the NBC Washington App Expect winds of 20 to 30 mph, with gusts up to 50 mph. Strong winds could blow down tree limbs, trees and power lines and could make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles, the NWS warned.The winds could also add to power outage numbers across the area.  As of 4 a.m. Monday, more than 5,500 Pepco customers in D.C. and more than 2,200 Pepco customers in Prince George’s County were without power. Several thousand customers were experiencing outages in southern Maryland, and scattered outages were also reported in Montgomery, Loudoun, Fairfax, Fauquier and Stafford counties. Orpik Scores in OT, Capitals Take 2-0 Lead Over Hurricanes The overnight storms also left lots of downed trees in their wake, as well as power outages. You could encounter fallen trees and ponded roads Monday morning.A tornado watch for the entire area and tornado warnings for parts of southern Maryland are no longer in effect as of early Monday. Raw Video: Metro Riders Rescue Blind Man Who Fell on Tracks Clouds will slowly move into the area for a breezy afternoon as temperatures fall into the 50s and low 60s.Stay with Storm Team4 for updates.Photo Credit: Getty Images