US Capitol Weathers DC’s Devastating Storm
(WASHINGTON) — While Washington cleans up Monday morning after last weekend’s severe weather, one of the oldest and most historic buildings in the nation’s capital appears to have escaped relatively unscathed: the U.S. Capitol.
A spokeswoman for the Architect of the Capitol tells ABC News that there were no reports of damage to the Capitol or any other buildings throughout the 274-acre Capitol campus, which also includes the Supreme Court of the United States. Most of the storm’s wrath was suffered by trees, although none of the damaged ones were memorial trees.
“We had some minor tree damage, a few suffered from broken limbs, but our folks had things cleaned up by Sunday morning,” Eva Malecki, communications officer for the AOC, wrote in an email. “No other damages reported.”
According to the AOC, about 4,200 trees adorn the grounds of the Capitol. About 150 trees are memorial trees, planted by a member of Congress.
The storm packed 60-80 mph winds and ripped through the sweltering Washington region late Friday night, killing at least six people in Virginia, two in Maryland and one in D.C.
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