‘Windmageddon’ sends trees crashing onto homes, cars throughout the DMV

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - First responders throughout the district, Northern Virginia, and Maryland had to respond to numerous calls related to wind damage on Friday.

As of 4 p.m., D.C. Fire and EMS said they responded to 475 incidents, including 94 confirmed wind-related events.

Among their most serious responses, a tree toppled onto a car with a man inside on the 2500 block of 44th street in Northwest.

Fire crews had to extricate the driver and he was taken to the hospital with critical, life-threatening injuries.

As of 9:00 p.m., Montgomery County Fire and Rescue reported that they responded to more than 800 calls for service since midnight, which included almost 84 trees on homes, 250 wires down, along with dozens of other non-hazardous wind damage related calls.

On East Bexhill Road, Fire and EMS spokesman Pete Piringer said a 100-year-old woman was rescued after a tree slammed into her home.

Prince George's County Fire and EMS reported a historic number of 975 incidents as of 10:00 p.m. on Friday, surpassing their previous high of 821 incidents in February 2011.

Their biggest response was to the Andrews Ridge Apartment Complex on the 5600 block of Regency Park Court in Suitland, where upwards of 300 residents were evacuated.

Spokesman Mark Brady said it appeared a strong wind gust lifted flat roofs off of several buildings and pressurized the interior, causing the walls to bow outward and eventually collapse out.

Families went to Suitland High School to work with the Red Cross.

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