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Storm hits Washington DC area, thousands without power
Reuters ^ | June 29, 2012

Posted on 06/29/2012 9:21:01 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

(Reuters) - A powerful storm hit the U.S. capital on Friday, downing trees with wind gusts of up to 79 miles per hour, topping hurricane force levels and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of homes in the Washington area.

Bands of rain lashed the city and winds toppled power lines and littered the streets with tree limbs as the fast-moving storm, which started in the Midwest after a day of severe heat, reached Washington and its suburbs late in the evening.

WTOP radio said more than 800,000 people in the Washington area were without power.

The Washington Post said it had reports of winds gusting up to 79 miles per hour in Reston, Virginia.

There were power outages in several Washington Metro stations, the Post said, after a day of extreme heat across the southern and eastern United States.

A flash flood warning was issued in Fredrick County, Maryland, until 1:15 a.m. on Saturday, and severe storm warnings were issued in areas between Washington and the Chesapeake Bay to the east.

WUSA television in Washington said "thousands of trees" and tree branches were likely downed by the storm.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: Maryland; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: derecho; electricity; heatwave; powerfailure; powergrid; preppers; prepping; shtf; virginia
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Bush's fault.
1 posted on 06/29/2012 9:21:05 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Just a dry run for when Barry is reelected and takes away their power permanently. They need to stock up on candles and firewood.


2 posted on 06/29/2012 9:22:37 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dude! Where's my Constitution?!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I live about 30 miles North of DC and my power went out for about a minute giving me a scare.

With temperatures near 100 today (FRiday) and the next few days, and very humid too, having no power would be hell.


3 posted on 06/29/2012 9:24:00 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is a liberal. Just watch him closely try to screw us.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Not a divine warning? 79 mph is three miles per hour faster than the mark defining it as hurricane-force gusts (Category 1). Downbursts have winds that speed and faster; those are scary.


4 posted on 06/29/2012 9:25:36 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Since the powers in DC would like to shut down most of our power and live off of our wealth..it doesn’t bother me a bit to see them suffer. Like a lot of banana republic countries..DC has become the place where all the decisions are made corruption is arranged and the parasites hang out.


5 posted on 06/29/2012 9:25:59 PM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Since the powers in DC would like to shut down most of our power and live off of our wealth..it doesn’t bother me a bit to see them suffer. Like a lot of banana republic countries..DC has become the place where all the decisions are made corruption is arranged and the parasites hang out.


6 posted on 06/29/2012 9:25:59 PM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
One day too late.
7 posted on 06/29/2012 9:26:16 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

IMO God is showing his wrath.


8 posted on 06/29/2012 9:28:27 PM PDT by 386wt
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

As far as I’m concerned the whole damned placed can be washed away as long all the criminal politicians and judges drown in the process.


9 posted on 06/29/2012 9:37:32 PM PDT by JohnKinAK
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To: sickoflibs

We had a similar storm Monday .... power out two days. We got the one tonight, but it was nothing like Monday when the tops of 3 of our maple trees were broken off, several cedars down, branches & debris everywhere. We were to the south of the worst part of this latest storm - got some winds, heavy rain, lots of lightning, but nothing like Monday’s derecho.


10 posted on 06/29/2012 9:40:03 PM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: Oldexpat

Excuse me, but a lot of decent, normal people, including a lot of good military personnel and patriotic Freepers, live in the DC area.


11 posted on 06/29/2012 9:40:23 PM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
More than a million homes without power as severe thunderstorms strike D.C.

Most of area is without power now. Massive storm clobbered the entire area!!! 75MPH winds!!!
12 posted on 06/29/2012 9:41:44 PM PDT by advance_copy (Stand for life or nothing at all)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Mother Nature rendering her opinion of the Roberts decision.


13 posted on 06/29/2012 9:43:37 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: sickoflibs

I’m a hundred miles north of DC and on the edge of the storm line which passed through between 10 and 11 pm.

Vivid lightning, heavy downpours, but little wind.

The storms are all to the south now but just past midnight there was a massive rumble of thunder.


14 posted on 06/29/2012 9:45:36 PM PDT by Nextrush (PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN IS MY DREAM)
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To: sickoflibs

Being without power for a minute gave you a scare? What are you going to do when SHTF and there’s no power at all?

I haven’t had power for a few hours now, but that’s okay. Just reading and sometimes Freeping by candlelight. The upstairs zone of my air-conditioning system has been pretty expensively broken for the past few years so I never use the air, and while today was no fun, it wasn’t hell.

Everybody has snarky things to say about preppers, but when there’s a problem we’re perfectly happy.


15 posted on 06/29/2012 9:46:10 PM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: Olog-hai
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Here's a shot of it about 1/2 hour after it passed through my area to the south.

16 posted on 06/29/2012 9:46:32 PM PDT by doc11355
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I hope nothing happens to the politicians. They are our treasures.


17 posted on 06/29/2012 9:46:48 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Wow, my kid is down there, but actually she is on her way up here to Jersey for the weekend.

She called but didn’t mention this, I’m glad she missed it....and I hope all her windows were CLOSED!


18 posted on 06/29/2012 9:47:19 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I hope they are not late printing the welfare checks. Riots would most certainly ensue.


19 posted on 06/29/2012 9:49:55 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter (Ia)
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To: Nextrush

I’m in northwestern North Carolina. No storm here but we did get a bizarre blast of sustained high winds for a good ten or fifteen minutes, it was like a shockwave or something, just boom, trees swaying wildly. Not even any rain.


20 posted on 06/29/2012 9:50:20 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: ottbmare

RE:”Being without power for a minute gave you a scare? What are you going to do when SHTF and there’s no power at all?”

In hot humid weather like this find another place to stay


21 posted on 06/29/2012 9:54:19 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is a liberal. Just watch him closely try to screw us.)
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To: sickoflibs

Mines been out for over 2 hours and still out


22 posted on 06/29/2012 10:00:08 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: ottbmare

They know how to deal with real life problems...they were brought up to be self reliant. They will be the ones with the chain saws digging out the neighbors.


23 posted on 06/29/2012 10:00:30 PM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: ottbmare

They know how to deal with real life problems...they were brought up to be self reliant. They will be the ones with the chain saws digging out the neighbors.


24 posted on 06/29/2012 10:00:41 PM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: ottbmare

They know how to deal with real life problems...they were brought up to be self reliant. They will be the ones with the chain saws digging out the neighbors.


25 posted on 06/29/2012 10:00:41 PM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: sickoflibs

I used to live in the east but have been in the west for 35 yrs...I could not live in that humidity no matter what....hope things get better....


26 posted on 06/29/2012 10:04:56 PM PDT by cherry (Catholics for Romney)
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To: HollyB

RE :”Mines been out for over 2 hours and still out”

Sorry about that, do you have a generator for the refrigerator at least?

I am usually very lucky. All my lines are underground and in the past 10 years I only lost power for more than a minute or so once in Sept 2003 during that hurricane, and it was for 12 hours.

Are you posting from your phone?


27 posted on 06/29/2012 10:05:19 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is a liberal. Just watch him closely try to screw us.)
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To: Olog-hai

I was driving home when it started. Debris was flying so fast onto the car. I was praying a pole or branch wasn’t next. Should have pulled over but I was only a half mile away and wanted to get home.


28 posted on 06/29/2012 10:05:28 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Obama leaves DC to go to Colorado for political posturing and rhetoric amid the wildfires. Meanwhile DC gets inundated with rain and now faces a severe health crisis in the heat and humidity with no electricity. Will Obama return, cut short his vacation or will this be his Katrina?


29 posted on 06/29/2012 10:07:13 PM PDT by allendale
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

It wasn’t a storm it was a TAX.


30 posted on 06/29/2012 10:07:42 PM PDT by this_ol_patriot
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To: sickoflibs

Yes , thank goodness for cell service.

You’ve been lucky with your power situation, especially tonite. Seems everyone is out.


31 posted on 06/29/2012 10:08:33 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: sickoflibs

Yes , thank goodness for cell service.

You’ve been lucky with your power situation, especially tonite. Seems everyone is out.


32 posted on 06/29/2012 10:08:47 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: cherry

RE :”I used to live in the east but have been in the west for 35 yrs...I could not live in that humidity no matter what....hope things get better..”

You got the picture. People here who claim they LOVE the heat then hide in AC 24-7 annoy me .


33 posted on 06/29/2012 10:08:47 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is a liberal. Just watch him closely try to screw us.)
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To: Olog-hai
Not a divine warning? 79 mph is three miles per hour faster than the mark defining it as hurricane-force gusts (Category 1). Downbursts have winds that speed and faster; those are scary.

Déjà vu? I wonder if it spawned tornadoes like in the war of 1812 that scattered the British forces after they invaded and burned Washington DC to the ground.

Instead of the British suffering an act of God, now it's the beltway, DC Cong and Obama critters of corruption feeling the wrath. ;^)

34 posted on 06/29/2012 10:08:57 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: samadams2000

I hope nothing happens to the politicians. They are our treasures.

If they are treasures, the only righteous thing to do then is to bury them where no one could ever find them.


35 posted on 06/29/2012 10:10:24 PM PDT by yellowhorse (6 good horses, 3 good women)
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To: cherry
here in eastern Washington, its about 66 degrees right now, down into the 50's tonight..

we have one of the largest, if not THE largest 3on3 BB tournement going on starting tomorrow....over 27,000 players all ages in our downtown area.....so its good to have the cooler weather...

36 posted on 06/29/2012 10:15:06 PM PDT by cherry (Catholics for Romney)
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To: HollyB

Yes,
My luck was buying my house in a new development at the time I did that has protected utility lines. My town has many areas that lose power all the time, they have above ground lines and lots of trees.

I only turnedthe AC down to 79F at after 9pm so my house was still uncomfortable when the power flashed. That would have been bad. It was near 100F today.

It was really windy here too, hail maybe, It was really noisy.


37 posted on 06/29/2012 10:16:16 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is a liberal. Just watch him closely try to screw us.)
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To: yellowhorse

Cats should do the burying. Kitty-litter users know exactly how to deal with these “treasures”.


38 posted on 06/29/2012 10:16:26 PM PDT by C210N ("ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate" (Breitbart, 2012))
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Picture from Wed. and Debby Live Oak Florida, which is near me.

39 posted on 06/29/2012 10:16:49 PM PDT by Daaave ("Now I know the secret; there is nothing that I lack.")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Maybe God has finally had enough.


40 posted on 06/29/2012 10:31:00 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: ottbmare

I would think that a prepper would have a generator and a portable air conditioner.


41 posted on 06/29/2012 10:32:58 PM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

God is reading the riot act to John Roberts for selling out.


42 posted on 06/29/2012 10:38:16 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (REPEAL OBAMACARE. Nothing else matters.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

They are always in the dark anyway


43 posted on 06/29/2012 10:39:22 PM PDT by RnMomof7
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I hope they all have to “swim for it”...whatever safe haven it should be.

When you find out nobody cares....well drowning sounds like an option.


44 posted on 06/29/2012 10:58:53 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

On boo hoo, Obammy was just trying out the grid off switch.


45 posted on 06/29/2012 10:59:41 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Don't ever think that the reason I am peaceful is because I forgot how to be violent)
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To: sickoflibs

When the power goes off here, I just crank up the gen set on the old motor home and we go hang out there.


46 posted on 06/29/2012 11:02:18 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Don't ever think that the reason I am peaceful is because I forgot how to be violent)
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To: samadams2000
I hope nothing happens to the politicians. They are our treasures.

Suck-up much?

47 posted on 06/29/2012 11:03:26 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1256 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: advance_copy

The DC Amish are roaming tonight.


48 posted on 06/29/2012 11:07:30 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Don't ever think that the reason I am peaceful is because I forgot how to be violent)
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RE :”When the power goes off here, I just crank up the gen set on the old motor home and we go hang out there.”

Thanks for the offer, freepmail your address :)


49 posted on 06/29/2012 11:11:33 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is a liberal. Just watch him closely try to screw us.)
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To: Freedom_Is_Not_Free

The party is only beginning.


50 posted on 06/29/2012 11:23:20 PM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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