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Dulles Airport Tornado Warning Forces Passengers Underground

Dulles Airport Tornado Warning Forces Passengers Underground

Main terminal building at Dulles International Airport on June 17, 2011. (James Kirkikis/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Tuesday, 15 May 2018 09:42 AM

Washington Dulles International Airport faced a tornado warning Monday, as passengers there were encouraged to move underground until the threat expired, Fox News reported.

The tornado warning was issued in Fairfax County, Virginia, near Washington, D.C., as severe storms came through the area, the network said. The National Weather Service had warned the approaching storm system could reach the threshold of a derecho in terms of size.

The airport issued a statement about the storm and precautions on Twitter about 6:30 p.m., Eastern time.

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority representative Andrew Trull said the airport was not officially evacuated but people were encouraged to move to the interior portion of the facility "and that included the [underground] AeroTrain," according to the International Business Times.

Passengers went to Twitter to chat about the experience.

Dulles officials gave the all-clear about after 7 p.m.

The National Weather Service reported that up to two inches of rain fell in the area, accompanied by winds up to 60 miles per hours in some places with 75 mph gust, the International Business Times said.

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