Entries in Mid-Atlantic (2)


Nearly Two Million People Still Without Power After Storms

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Nearly two million people are still without power in several Midwest and mid-Atlantic states that were pummeled by a series of violent thunderstorms last Friday night.

That number includes more than half a million homeowners in Washington, D.C., who have been told they may not get their power back until the end of the week.

D.C.’s power company, Pepco, says utility crews are working hard, removing hundreds of downed trees and re-stringing countless power lines.  Pepco spokesman Clay Anderson says utility crews from as far away as Canada have been called in to help restore power.

All told, about three million homes lost power, and 22 people lost their lives.  The governors of Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia, and the mayor of Washington, D.C., all declared states of emergency.

Meteorologists say the lightning, fierce winds and pounding rain that pummeled the region was not your average series of thunderstorms, it was a “derecho.”

AccuWeather meteorologist Brian Edwards says a derecho forms when an atmospheric disturbance lifts warm air in regions experiencing intense heat, causing thunderstorms and hurricane-force winds to develop.  The region had experienced several days of 100-plus temperatures ahead of last Friday’s storms.

Friday's derecho took 12 hours to cover more than 700 miles before reaching the Atlantic Ocean.

Edwards says derechos are more difficult to predict than other severe weather events because meteorologists are unable to identify exactly where the precise combination of factors needed to trigger a derecho will emerge.

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Wild Weather, Tornadoes Hit Mid-Atlantic States

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Rare Tornado warnings were up most of Friday in and around Washington, D.C., with heavy winds and rain pounding the mid-Atlantic states for most of the day.  

A possible tornado has touched down in Fallston, Md., a senior Maryland state official tells ABC News.  Except for reports that one building has collapsed, the official says damage from the tornado was not particularly devasting.

Harford County had seen the most significant weather, but a total of six Maryland counties reported possible tornadic activity.  There have also been reports of tornadoes in Raleigh Terrace, Va., at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, as well as storm damage in Merrimac Shores, Va.

The Harford County Fire EMS told ABC News affiliate WJLA that two dozen buildings, both residential and commercial, were severely damaged in Friday's wild storms. Tree tops were wiped out, and at least two people were injured when the roof of a car dealership collapsed. One of the injured was taken to the local hospital, the other was taken to a Baltimore shock trauma unit.

Tornado watches remain in effect through midnight ET from Pennsylvania through Maryland.  Damaging winds are likely from around Pittsburg to Washington, D.C. to Richmond, Va., and Raleigh and Charlotte in North Carolina. Saturday those areas can expect possible flash flooding after the rain subsides.

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