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.


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.