Last Updated: Sunday, July 1, 2012

Violent U.S. storms kills 13-Largest non-hurricane power outage in History

Disaster Report: At least 13 people reported to be killed from the storm and heat in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky.

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A damaged car in Columbus Grove, Ohio; Source AP
-At least 13 people killed by violent storm and heat in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky of United States. More than 3 million people are left without power.
-Emergencies declared in Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, the District of Columbia and Virginia.
-Following related officials, at least a week will take to restore power to all customers. The storm disaster was called a derecho, a straight-line wind storm that sweeps over a large area at high speed. It can produce tornado-like damage.
-President Obama telephoned the governors of Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia, all of whom declared states of emergency. According to Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia, his state had suffered the largest “non-hurricane power outage” in its history.

As seen on Morris Avenue in Linwood, N.J; Source AP
-The US National Weather Service warned more storms could be on the way.
-Many rail services were suspended including rail services from Washington to Philadelphia.

What is a Derecho?
-Derecho in the Spanish language means "straight". Derechoes are large clusters of thunderstorms that produce widespread wind damage, usually as a result of one or more curved lines of thunderstorms known as bow echoes.
Derechoes are the most active during the late spring and summer.

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A broken section of a utility pole at Patcong and Wabash Avenues, in Linwood, N.J; Source AP
Following Utilities or state emergency agencies, following outages and damage are reported:

*Maryland: About 869,000 customers without power with outages reported in every county.

*West Virginia: More than 600,000 customers without power.

*Ohio: Power out across two-thirds of state, about 1 million homes and businesses without electricity, and one storm-related death reported. Governor John Kasich said power could take a week to be restored fully.

*New Jersey: Atlantic County declared a state of emergency, and at least 206,000 customers were without power. Two cousins, aged 2 and 7, were killed by a falling tree in state park.

*District of Columbia: 67,000 power customers affected. State of emergency declared.

*Pennsylvania: 32,500 homes and businesses without power.

*Indiana: 135,000 customers with power lost.

*Kentucky: 187 customers without power.

*North Carolina: 618 homes and businesses with power lost.

The Hurricane of 1900, the deadliest hurricane in US history and the second costliest hurricane in US history, killed around 12,000 people.

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