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Massive power outage hits Mid-Atlantic

Emergency officials says it will be days before power is restored across the region.

BALTIMORE | June 29, 2012

It may be days before power is restored to at least one million customers who lost electricity in the Washington-Baltimore area after severe storms swept across the Mid-Atlantic late Friday night.

The severe storms followed a day that broke many heat records. An excessive heat watch is predicted through the weekend in the region. A spokesperson for Appalachian Power urged its customers who have power to host neighbors and friends who do not have power.

The severe storms swept across the Midwest Friday, leaving downed trees and damaged buildings across the region. At least one person was killed in Virginia when a tree fell and crushed the car they were driving. Downed trees closed hundreds of roads, including many major highways.

A 76 mph wind gust was reported in Prince Georges County, just north of Washington, DC. A gust of 66 mph was recorded in Baltimore.

While the eastern states were pelted, a new series of storms hit Chicago Friday night.


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