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Eastern U.S. Storms Kill 13, Cause Widespread Power Outages

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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UPDATE: Saturday, June 30, 2012

Millions across the mid-Atlantic region are sweltering in the aftermath of violent storms that pummeled the East with high winds and downed trees last night.

The storms are being blamed for the deaths of at least 13 people and leaving 3 million without power during a triple-digit heat wave.

Power officials say the outages won't be repaired for several days to a week, likening the damage to a serious hurricane. Emergencies have been declared in Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, the District of Columbia and Virginia.

Cell phone and Internet service is spotty, gas stations are shut down and residents are being urged to conserve water until sewage plants return to power.

The outages are especially dangerous because they've left the region without air conditioning in an oppressive heat. Temperatures have been at or near 100 today.

UPDATE: Saturday, June 30, 2012

Violent storms that battered the eastern U.S. are being blamed for killing at least 10 people and leaving more than 3 million without power.

At least six people were killed in Virginia; two in New Jersey; one in Maryland; and one in Ohio. Widespread power outages were reported in Washington, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, New Jersey and Ohio.

Many are facing the possibility of temperatures near or above 100 degrees without electricity -- and without air conditioning.

In addition to the heat, officials say cell phone coverage is spotty. Many residents were asked to conserve water because sewage stations had been without power for a time. And authorities cautioned people to drive carefully because tree limbs littered roads and hundreds of traffic signals were out.

UPDATE: Saturday, June 30, 2012

Violent storms are being blamed for the deaths of at least nine people and widespread power outages. Many in the eastern U.S. are facing triple-digit temperatures without electricity -- and without air conditioning.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said six deaths had been blamed on the storm in that state. Another was killed by a falling tree in Maryland, while two others were killed by a falling tree in New Jersey.

In addition to the heat, officials say cell phone coverage is spotty. Many residents were asked to conserve water because sewage stations had been without power for a time. And authorities cautioned people to drive carefully because tree limbs littered roads and hundreds of traffic signals were out.

UPDATE: Saturday, June 30, 2012

Authorities say the violent storms that swept across the eastern U.S. have left at least five people dead.

Anne Arundel County, Md., police said in a news release Saturday that 25-year-old Kevin Obrien was killed when a tree fell onto his car late Friday. Two other people in the car suffered minor injuries.

The storms also left two others dead in Virginia. In New Jersey, two young cousins were killed when a tree fell on their tent at a park.

The storms have left thousands without power -- and without air conditioning -- on a day that temperatures are expected to reach triple digits across the eastern U.S.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Police in northern Virginia say two people have been killed by falling trees in massive storms that wiped out power to more than 2 million people across the eastern United States.

Fairfax County police spokeswoman Mary Ann Jennings says one of the victims was a 90-year-old woman who was asleep in bed Friday night when heavy winds blew a tree onto her house in Springfield. Another death was reported in Springfield when a tree collapsed onto a car.

In addition, a park police officer was injured by a falling tree and an 18-year-old man was struck by a power line. He was in stable condition after receiving CPR.

Power outages were reported from Indiana up the Atlantic coast following a day of sweltering heat, including record-setting temperatures in Washington, D.C.


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