March 13th, 2014
04:03 AM ET
9 years ago

Capitol dome lights go dark


The lights on the U.S. Capitol Dome briefly went dark Wednesday night as gusty winds blew through the District of Columbia.

The power failure happened around 8:30pm after both the Senate and the House of Representatives had adjourned for the night.

“High winds in the DC area are currently causing electrical power surges that impacted power supply to the Capitol," Architect of the Capitol spokesman Matt Guilfoyle told CNN.

The power surge also knocked out lights on the Capitol grounds, according to U.S. Capitol Police spokesman Officer Shennell Antrobus.

After the electrical failure, police searched the Capitol complex for outages and damage while maintaining a "security posture, according to Antrobus.

Capitol staff members made repairs and had the lights on the dome again by 9 p.m.

Strong winds blew through the Washington metropolitan region Wednesday night knocking out power to more than 50,000 residents in the District and in surrounding Maryland and Virginia, according to local power companies.

Architect of the Capitol staff will continue to monitor the situation throughout the night, Guilfoyle said.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Shame on you CNN

    Such a transparent attempt to get jokes of the "lights on, nobody home" variety. Ugh.
    And don't give me any guff. CNN has done this sort of thing before.

    March 13, 2014 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  2. Marie MD

    I hope all the right wing delusional bible thumpers and haters (aka teaklans) see this as a sign from above. I take it the messiah couldn't do anything about it?

    March 13, 2014 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    Vis Major–done with climate change. Just shut up, pass needed reforms, or else entire globe in peril, of course other nations like India, China too.

    March 13, 2014 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  4. HenryMiller

    Maybe they should shut the power off permanently in DC. It might at least slow down the political and bureaucratic destruction emanating from the place.

    March 13, 2014 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  5. Rob

    Welcome to Obamas america people!

    March 13, 2014 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  6. Wake up People!

    It's Obama's fault. Along with flight 370, response to Hurricane Katrina, 9/11, Hurricane Sandy, both wars...

    Everything is his fault!

    March 13, 2014 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    The emergency generators kicked in, along with the automatic transfer switches to and from battery backup. Right?

    March 13, 2014 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  8. it must be said

    I'm sure the nutty Democrats will blame it on the sequester... or maybe global warming? Oops, I mean climate change or whatever the scam de jour is.

    March 13, 2014 09:09 am at 9:09 am |