As the storm brewed, winds suddenly began whipping around, trees could be heard cracking, and heavy rain, thunder and lightning could be observed.
Later television news reports quoted up to 80-mph strength winds in Virginia.
This storm comes after a day of record-breaking temperatures that reached as high as 104 degrees Fahrenheit (this reporter observed 102 F around the noon hour).
The Washington Post
reported two fatalities in the Springfield, Va. Area. A tree struck a car driving along the road, killing the driver, reported a Fairfax County police spokesperson. The Post (via Associated Press) reported police also said a 90-year-old woman was killed when a tree fell on her house as she slept.
Over 1.5 million homes and businesses are reported to be without power in the Washington D.C. metro area, including Virginia and Maryland. Today's temperatures are also projected to soar into triple digits, and media is reporting this could be a multi-day outage for those without electricity.
Reportedly, Fairfax County, Va. was hit hard by the storm, which caused damage from the midwest to the east coast. CNN
is reporting this morning 4-million homes are without power in the midwest. These images were taken from one Northern Virginia neighborhood.