At Least 18 Dead After U.S. Storms Cut Power In East

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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UPDATE: Monday, July 2, 2012

It's a third day of sweltering temperatures in much of the eastern United States, even as more than two million people endure another day without power in the aftermath of a round of severe summer storms.

The outages extend from North Carolina to New Jersey and as far west as Illinois. Utility officials say the power will probably be out for several more days for some people.

Since Friday, severe weather has been blamed for at least 22 deaths -- most from trees falling on homes and cars.

Commuters who were back on the roads this morning in the Washington, DC area were worried about delays caused by downed trees and darkened stoplights. But with many federal workers given the option of staying home, traffic was lighter than normal in many places.

Officials say there are still more than 400 signal outages today in Maryland -- most of them just outside the nation's capital.

On one street in Falls Church, Va., downed trees were blocking the road on either side. Neighbors used chain saws to cut a path on one side.

UPDATE: Monday, July 2, 2012

The death toll is at least 18 in weekend storms that have left millions without electricity in a swath of states from the East Coast to Ohio and Illinois.

The latest reported death was in West Virginia. Authorities there said Monday a person died when riding an all-terrain vehicle that hit a fallen tree on a road early Sunday.

Previous reports had at least six people killed in Virginia, three in North Carolina, two each in New Jersey and Maryland, one in Ohio, one in Kentucky and one in Washington. Most deaths were from trees falling on homes and cars

Around 2 million customers across the region were without power Monday morning. And utility officials said the power would likely be out for several more days.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Around 2 million utility customers are without electricity across a swath of states along the East Coast and as far west as Illinois as the area recovers from a round of summer storms that has also caused at least 17 deaths.

As of Monday morning, numbers provided by utilities in North Carolina, the mid-Atlantic region, New Jersey, Ohio and Illinois show around 2.2 million without power in those states.

The power outages left many to contend with stifling homes and spoiled food over the weekend as temperatures approached or exceeded 100 degrees. And utility officials say the power will likely be out for several more days.


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