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Potomac Mills Mall Sign Comes Down In Windstorm

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (AP) -- For the second time in a week, high winds have ripped the face off an iconic highway sign for Potomac Mills mall just off Interstate-95.

The part of the sign facing southbound traffic in Woodbridge came off Friday afternoon during heavy winds.

The facade facing northbound traffic came off on Feb. 19, when winds reached 65 mph.

A mall spokeswoman said the that both times the sign pieces fell along guardrails on I-95.

Utilities in northern Virginia reported outages for about 35,000 customers Friday afternoon.
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DC-Area Residents Deal With Wintry Blast, Gridlock

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Residents in the D.C. area are struggling to cope with the latest wintry blast.

Usually traffic-choked Tysons Corner, Va., succumbed to total gridlock as the snow hit at the start of the afternoon rush Wednesday. Even when cars had a few inches to move forward, they skidded out on even the gentlest slopes. Fender benders abounded and a few hardy souls abandoned their cars and set out on foot.

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One man said stomped through slush on the side of a Leesburg Pike bridge over the Capital Beltway. Cars around him were at a standstill while he made slow but steady progress.

Fifty-five-year-old Dan Willett of Silver Spring was headed home on Metro a couple hours early Wednesday afternoon. But he didn't need to head out for snow supplies as he planned to stay inside once he got home.