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More Than 1.5 Million Without Power; 4 Killed
Channel 4 NBC Washington ^ | 6/30/12

Posted on 06/30/2012 8:01:42 AM PDT by Kartographer

A fast-moving line of dangerous storms knocked out power to more than 1.5 million customers in the D.C. area Friday night.

A day of record-shattering heat ended with severe thunderstorms that rushed through the metro area with strong winds and an impressive lightning display.

The storms produced hurricane-force winds in excess of 80 mph. Gusts of 82 mph were reported in the Reston area.

On Saturday morning, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management confirmed that four people had died due to the storm in the Commonwealth.

The National Weather Service reported a tree fell on a car in the area of Old Keene Mill Road and Bauer Drive in Springfield, Va. shortly before 11 p.m., killing 27-year-old Khiet Nguyen of Burke.

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


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: Maryland; US: Virginia; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: derecho; fairfaxcounty; maryland; power; poweroutage; virginia
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If the heat stays on and the power stays off this could turn real ugly real quick.
1 posted on 06/30/2012 8:01:46 AM PDT by Kartographer
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppers’ PING!

D.C.’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency advised people take the following precautions:

Stay indoors as much as possible.
Turn on the air conditioner or fan.
DO NOT leave children or pets in vehicles.
Pay special attention to young children, the elderly and the mentally ill.
Drink plenty of water.
Wear light-colored, lightweight and loose-fitting clothes.
Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going outside (SPF 15-30 is best).
Limit exposure to the sun (the sun is most powerful between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.).
Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
If you do not have access to a cool-temperature location, visit one of the District’s cooled indoor facilities referred to above.

Symptoms of heat stroke:
Hot, dry skin (no sweating)
Hallucinations
Chills
Throbbing headache
High body temperature
Confusion/dizziness
Slurred speech
Groups at greatest risk for heat-related illness:

Infants
Children up to four years of age
People 65 years of age and older
People who are overweight
People who are ill or on certain medications.


2 posted on 06/30/2012 8:07:51 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

Wasn’t just dc. We got pretty whacked here in PA too. Power was out for hours last night and again this AM The heat
yesterday was almost unbearable. Went outside and stood in the rain.


3 posted on 06/30/2012 8:10:31 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: Kartographer
If the heat stays on and the power stays off this could turn real ugly real quick.

ha. Yeah...

4 posted on 06/30/2012 8:10:52 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: Kartographer
Turn on the air conditioner or fan

Without power?

5 posted on 06/30/2012 8:12:30 AM PDT by bgill
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To: Kartographer

The storms blew through last night, and last I heard, half a million people are without power. Thanks be to God, somehow we didn’t lose ours. Our local news station here in central VA is kaput, and the closest city-—Lynchburg-—is almost totally without power.


6 posted on 06/30/2012 8:15:21 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: Kartographer

God’s answer to roberts and the commies.


7 posted on 06/30/2012 8:15:36 AM PDT by biggredd1
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To: MestaMachine

Yea, I’m in south central PA and it was a wicked storm. I haven’t seen so much constant lightning in a T-storm in quite a while. But my neighbors to the south got it much worse. I was watching WBAL TV out of Baltimore this morning and the wind damage was incredible. Fortunately I didn’t lose power. I did go out on my deck for a time last night to watch the light show until a very close bolt of lightning drove me back inside.


8 posted on 06/30/2012 8:16:38 AM PDT by MD Expat in PA
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To: CatherineofAragon

Half a million people in Virginia, I meant to say.


9 posted on 06/30/2012 8:16:45 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: CatherineofAragon

Half a million people in Virginia, I meant to say.


10 posted on 06/30/2012 8:16:45 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: CatherineofAragon

Half a million people in Virginia, I meant to say.


11 posted on 06/30/2012 8:16:50 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: CatherineofAragon

Half a million people in Virginia, I meant to say.


12 posted on 06/30/2012 8:16:59 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: bgill
Turn on the air conditioner or fan

Without power?


What do you expect from DHS? Maybe they think its off because someone just unplugged it? ;-)
13 posted on 06/30/2012 8:17:42 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: CatherineofAragon

Sorry for that! I know I hit the button only once.


14 posted on 06/30/2012 8:18:46 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: Kartographer

I’ve been trying to get through to my elderly mother, and my sister in Arlington, Va. Landlines, cell phone, and email knocked out. Neither will survive a prolonged power outage. Neither took steps to prepare for this eventuality, despite my numerous pleas otherwise. Any Freepers know of current situation Arlington specific?


15 posted on 06/30/2012 8:18:53 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: bgill
Without power?


16 posted on 06/30/2012 8:19:33 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (Guns Walked -- People Died -- Holder Lied -- Obama Golfed (thanks, Secret Agent Man))
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To: PowderMonkey

http://ballston.patch.com/articles/severe-storm-leaves-thousands-without-power


17 posted on 06/30/2012 8:23:03 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: PowderMonkey

The Sun Gazette just posted that 60% of the Arlington county is without power.


18 posted on 06/30/2012 8:23:06 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

Must be global warming.

Somebody call EPA/NOAA/Dennis Kucinich


19 posted on 06/30/2012 8:23:29 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Kartographer

DRUDGE is now reporting that over 2 million are without power - and five souls have perished.

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/06/30/eastern-u-s-storms-leave-5-dead-2-million-without-power/


20 posted on 06/30/2012 8:27:18 AM PDT by yorkie
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To: Kartographer

Most of Columbus Ohio lost power at 5 pm yesterday.

There was no rioting, looting, etc. People were observing all way stop at the not working traffic lights.

It was a nice test drill for Columbus and everyone passed with flying colors.

Of course if it went on a week or two who knows.


21 posted on 06/30/2012 8:35:45 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: Kartographer

It took me about an hour to get my never used generator running. It had no oil and I had to boot my computer and download instructions on how to put oil in it. Used a Verizon mobile card for internet and had a fully charged laptop.

It was really nice to have that baby kick on and just having a fan and a 60 watt bulb burning just made me feel better all over.


22 posted on 06/30/2012 8:38:47 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: PowderMonkey

Prayers up for your family, PowderMonkey.


23 posted on 06/30/2012 8:38:47 AM PDT by TEXOKIE
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To: Kartographer

If you can get ice, you need to put some in the refrig and make it into an old fashioned ice box.


24 posted on 06/30/2012 8:41:30 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: Kartographer

My Sister and Brother-in-Law went to visit my Neice in D.C., they had plans to stay thru the 4th....they are all now on the road back to Jersey.


25 posted on 06/30/2012 8:45:35 AM PDT by fedupjohn
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To: freedumb2003

;)


26 posted on 06/30/2012 8:45:44 AM PDT by bgill
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To: Kartographer

It’s been 12 hours, where is the response from the federal government? (use the Dims Katrina rant on the current administration)


27 posted on 06/30/2012 8:50:09 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: Kartographer

Our a/c frizzed out 2 days ago. Finally was fixed 15 minutes before the storm hit yesterday. Our power flickered and surged for a good while but stayed on. Our internet is still out. Local reports said some gusts were clocked at 80 mph. here in Ohio. Neighbors across the street are on a different grid and they lost power. We ran extension cords across the street to a couple of our neighbors to keep their fridges running. They have been told it could be 5-7 days before their power is restored.


28 posted on 06/30/2012 8:52:04 AM PDT by 4mybiz
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To: fedupjohn
"they are all now on the road back to Jersey.

May be they will get to see Snookie now!
29 posted on 06/30/2012 8:52:25 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: PowderMonkey
Here's a link to the Arlington County Government for some news:
http://news.arlingtonva.us/pr/ava/arlington-storm-updates-236032.aspx
Hope your family is safe.
30 posted on 06/30/2012 8:53:20 AM PDT by relee ('Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away)
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To: staytrue

The new Yeti coolers are incredible, keep ice for days.


31 posted on 06/30/2012 8:53:42 AM PDT by squarebarb
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To: staytrue

Well Baltimore Gas and Electric is reporting “Nearly 420,000” people without power. So what happens in Baltimore with this heat and the power stays out?


32 posted on 06/30/2012 8:57:07 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

It’s going to get ugly


33 posted on 06/30/2012 9:02:28 AM PDT by HollyB
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To: staytrue
download instructions on how to put oil in it.

You really needed instructions?

34 posted on 06/30/2012 9:02:59 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: bgill

Turn on the air conditioner or fan

Without power?


Are these the same people that told us in case of

biological attack, days after 9-11, put polyurethane on our

windows?


35 posted on 06/30/2012 9:05:43 AM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the StatistI)
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To: Kartographer
We actually live about 50 miles North and avoid the Jersey Shore on Weekends.

Most of the Shore areas from Belmar down to Seaside are visited on the weekends from the Staten Island and the Brooklyn area residents.

Lots of developments for summer homes and rentals, as oppose to Jones' Beach and Robert Moses State Park on the South Shore of Long Island.

And it is an easier commute.

36 posted on 06/30/2012 9:12:37 AM PDT by fedupjohn
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To: CatherineofAragon; Kartographer; relee

Established connection with my mother by cell phone just now. Signal drops out every 1-2 minutes. She’s unaware of the extent of the local problem. Refuses to even prepare to relocate. As I’ve heard from so many non-prepers over the years, “(Preps) What for? The power always comes back on.”


37 posted on 06/30/2012 9:17:37 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: PowderMonkey

Prayers for her safety and even more prayers for your patience!


38 posted on 06/30/2012 9:22:27 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: PowderMonkey
Any Freepers know of current situation Arlington specific?

What part of Arlington? It's a big place. I live in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington - it's a high-rise apartment, so I have power, and cell and internet are fine. I don't have a landline though.

Pretty astounding storm when it came through though.

39 posted on 06/30/2012 9:23:37 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: Strategerist

Intersection of Wilson Blvd. and North Oak St. Mother reports no power. No landline. Sister further out towards Dunn Loring area. No contact.


40 posted on 06/30/2012 9:31:19 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Kartographer
If the heat stays on and the power stays off this could turn real ugly real quick

Maybe the locals will do us all a favor and burn DC to the ground.

41 posted on 06/30/2012 9:33:37 AM PDT by Redcloak (Mitt Romney: Puttin' the "Country club" back in "Republican".)
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To: PowderMonkey

Well, the one pressing thing at the moment is that there is likely to be a repeat of last night’s Derecho today (probably earlier in the day here, and maybe not quite as bad.)

Wow, surprised your mother has no power - that’s Rosslyn, essentially city, buried power lines; that’s east of me. I would guess they will get power back there very quickly.

Dunn Loring - outside the Beltway I’d imagine that will take a while.


42 posted on 06/30/2012 9:36:35 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: CatherineofAragon
The storms blew through last night, and last I heard, half a million people are without power.

And obummer hasn't told 'em to stick a pinwheel out the window?

43 posted on 06/30/2012 9:43:36 AM PDT by SCalGal (Friends don't let friends donate to H$U$ or PETA.)
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To: Kartographer
A fast-moving line of dangerous storms knocked out power to more than 1.5 million customers in the D.C. area Friday night.

Looks like the the good LORD maybe trying to us something!

44 posted on 06/30/2012 9:44:25 AM PDT by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: Strategerist

I used to live in that area. Problem is that even though a place has underground lines, there’s always some places around where the lines go overhead. Somewhere. And those are the weak links.

Hard to imagine that area without power. Driving around must be a nightmare. It was a nightmare when they HAD power.


45 posted on 06/30/2012 9:46:09 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: SCalGal

I’d like to tell him to stick......oh, forget it


46 posted on 06/30/2012 9:47:08 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: PowderMonkey

The next time you go to see mother/sister, take each a battery fan (uses D batteries) and each a water bottle/fan (takes two AA batteries). The water bottle/fan reduces ambiant air temp. around you by 20 degrees.

They will have these fans for the next time. I use these after a hurricane comes through and they keep me reasonably cool. I use the larger battery fan to help me sleep at night. After Ike, it would have been unbearable to sleep in that heat - the battery fan was vital. The water bottle/fan kept me cool during the day.

Maybe after this, they will store some water. For chespest food for a few days, give them a case of MANCHURIAN noddle “cups”, fill with hot water, wait 3 min. and eat. Give cans of soup with meat in it and several cans of canned heat with a Sterno stove and a few cigarette lighters. Just these items will guarantee having enough to last several days depending on how much you give them.

It will make you feel better that they have something and probably after this, they will be glad to get it in case this happens again or something else happens for them to need it.

You could add a few jar candles and they would have light. In the winter, jar candles give off heat - not much, but they do.

I gave these type items as gifts to family who don’t prepare, plus I gave them an emergency radio. You see, if they are gifts, they have to take them because they don’t want to hurt your feelings. I chose that method to get something in their houses.


47 posted on 06/30/2012 9:48:39 AM PDT by Marcella (God wouldn't vote for Romney so I won't, either.)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Conor - are you experiencing black-outs?


48 posted on 06/30/2012 9:51:05 AM PDT by yorkie
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To: staytrue

Everyone should try to keep their freezer full at all times.

When a space opens then place a plastic milk jug or similar container (I like the iced tea jugs by Arizona) of water in the freezer.

The frozen solids maintain temperature more efficiently than cold air cutting electricity costs, helps secure your food for a long period of time when power goes out, and provides ice blocks for the cooler when those impromptu picnics pop up.


49 posted on 06/30/2012 9:57:50 AM PDT by gnarledmaw (Obama: Evincing a Design since 2009)
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To: piroque
Looks like the the good LORD maybe trying to tell us something!
50 posted on 06/30/2012 10:00:17 AM PDT by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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