- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 17, 2005


Wind gusts caused power outages and injured a woman yesterday as a cold front moved through the Washington area.

Though yesterday felt balmy with highs up to 72 degrees, temperatures started plummeting yesterday afternoon. Highs today are expected in the mid-40s.

“It’s going to be much colder,” said Calvin Meadows, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va.

Wind blew at a sustained 17 mph much of yesterday with gusts up to 32 mph.

A large tree branch seriously injured a 67-year-old woman at about 7:30 a.m. The branch snapped and hit her while she was walking in the 3800 block of Connecticut Avenue Northwest.

The woman, whose name was not released, was taken to George Washington University Hospital, said Allen Etter, a D.C. fire department spokesman. Her condition yesterday evening was not known.

In Springfield, about 3,300 Dominion Virginia Power customers were without power for about an hour when branches were blown onto power lines on Old Keene Mill Road at about 1:30 p.m.

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