July 2, 2012 – More Storms and Heat for Mid-Atlantic States: As temperatures soared again on Sunday, utility crews in the mid-Atlantic region raced to remove fallen trees and restore power to about two million customers, even as the area faced the threat of additional thunderstorms. Pictured above,Tyler Taylor, 14, walked across a large downed tree in Falls Church, Va., on Sunday.
Two days after a deadly string of thunderstorms tore through the region, officials warned of lingering danger from fallen trees and power lines. Officials in Virginia on Sunday increased the death toll in that state to seven from six, citing a previously unrecorded death in a storm-related traffic accident on Friday. At least 13 people were killed in the storms, most of them by falling trees.
But for many on Sunday, the heat was the greatest concern. In Washington and the surrounding area, temperatures hovered around 100 degrees on Sunday afternoon. Without electricity to power air-conditioners, there were few places to find relief.
Though electricity had been restored to many neighborhoods — more than three million customers had lost power in the storm — the authorities said it could be at least a week before all had their electricity restored.
About 770,000 customers remained without power in Virginia, among the states worst hit. Emergency workers there and in other states opened air-conditioned shelters in libraries and community centers, and they urged residents to check on neighbors, especially the elderly, who are the most susceptible to the heat. Follow the link below for the complete story on this continuing disaster.
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