US Capitol goes dark

Justin Sink

The U.S. Capitol fell into darkness temporarily Wednesday evening as a power outage hit Washington, D.C. 

Exterior flood lights on the Capitol dome as well as surrounding street lights went out while lights remained on inside the building.

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The office of the Architect of the Capitol said the outage was the result of a power surge from high winds.

One person tweeted that the the Capitol's architect was notified of the outage at 8:30 p.m. EST and made repairs by 9 p.m. EST.

An intense storm, with winds around 47 mph, knocked power out for thousands across the region, according to the Washington Post.