Skip to comments.Storm hits Washington DC area, thousands without power
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.
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Imagine hauling tail home on a Harley with the sky going off like fireworks from Hell....LOL
The wind was nearly blowing my skinny butt off the bike and we got home before it *really* hit.
I got inside just in time to hear the dreaded emergency tone and the creepy-echo-voice announcement of impending tornadoes, hail and 80 mph winds.
Sure enough , shortly after, the lights went out.
So, I watched a movie on my laptop and then started to read a great book I found, “The Lore Of Dogs” and was about 2 chapters in when they came back on.
The cool breeze through the open windows was wonderful and the pitch black night interrupted only by lightning and fireflies was very “Bradbury”.
Turned off the Coleman lantern, blew out the candle and popped in here.
I might go back out and watch the fireflies some more if the rain’s stopped.
This prepper in Maine is ready for it if it comes tonight.
I’m trying to find out if there’s oil under my property. That way I could drill it, perhaps refine it into kerosene for my lamps in case the power goes out.
Those Colemans scare me. What kind of fuel is that? Did I hear you can use gasoline in them? (maybe I heard wrong).
I prefer good old kerosene
The light fixtures screw onto little tiny tanks of propane.
Haven’t had a bit of trouble with them.
I am so tired of the ap’s ignorance. “A powerful storm hit the U.S. capital”—capital is money, our nation’s governance is CAPITOL!
Love it Lord when you tell them you are displeased!!!
Oh they are very popular. I’ve never heard about any problems. I think my grandfather who used them always told us kids it could explode or something like that. Probably just trying to scare us from not touching it.
I live in the DC burbs in an area that often seems third world, the power cuts out so frequently.
Got tired of the Coleman propane camp lights, especially on hot humid summer nights. Too hot, noisy, unstable, and lights of glare with little useful light. Way too much kitchen counter real estate eaten up for food prep.
Found some AA battery powered LED cordless puck lights with magnetic bases that cut-off automatically after 30 mins. With velcro bases I have several mounted under wall cabinets that sit there out of the way and unseen until needed. Got them at Lowe’s for about $25 a pair. Single high intensity LED that casts warm useful light. These have metal cases, not the flimsier plastic jobs. Box of 100 AA alkaline batteries runs $20@Lowes.
I have a 120volt LED desk lamp, its connected to my computers UPS, hardly uses any power, its like 2 watts.
Gotta love those LED puck lights, problem is feeding them with batteries.
Yesterday I tried for the first time to access FR on my Galaxy S2 smartphone, I finally figured out my password. Of course posting tends be brief comments.
And I keep charging cords in both my personal truck and the company truck so I can get the phone charged anytime.
I can think about 545 people i WISH were without power!
Thank you! Freepers are fine folk but have a tendency to be remarkably parochial.
“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. “
The recent court decision with ROBERTS changing sides was Bush’s fault.
THIS is God speaking to SCOTUS for approving The Marxist Muslim’s abortion mandating Statute.
The newer ones with the single hi-intensity lamp work well as emergency lights. They really aren't run for long periods of time and the 30 auto cut-off tends to extend battery life. Learned to use more lights rather than moving one light around. Have one in the utility room that is still on the set of batteries I put in 4 months ago. It doesn't run for more than the 2 or 3 mins it takes to do a visual check of equipment.
Charger cords - carry one for the smart phone, one for the netbook, and a spare car 12v adapter. Sometimes it seems like they take up more room than the netbook. ; >)
Occasionally I buy a bunch of the green chemical light sticks, kids love them when the lights go out.
Roberts fled to Malta "to teach". Malta should be rather nervous, especially after...
That kind of "joke" is just begging for seismic applause.
As Bugs would say, "What a maroon."
Power is still out.
My mother grew up in DC in the 1920’s and 1930s - before the wide spread use of air conditioning. She said DC had two seasons. When Congress was in session it was noisy and overcrowded. When Congress wasn't in session it was quite and very enjoyable.
Wonder - could we remove air conditioning from all governmental offices as both a cost saving and environmental effort?
We have no power north Balt Co.
Yes indeed. Thank you. Bethesda, MD reporting. Got ice at 5 this morning since I know we have the worst power company in the US. Made coffee over Sterno. Wife thinks I’m a genius (don’t say anything, ok?).
“Hey DC... I just wanted you to know that I am still alive and I am very unhappy with you”.
In other news, Chief Justice John Roberts opined that this was a weather tax.
Maryland “Freak State” PING!
Not a good morning to be on the road. All the traffic signals are out. People are already frustrated. Enjoy the cool morning, its going to get real hot soon and i have a feeling Its going to be a long day
Why didn't you just use your gas range?
Yeah, but the remaining 99% are corrupt bureaucrats, thieves and ghettoRATs.
Looks like a good time to break out the camping gear and take a little drive.
I used my gas drill to heat water for my coffee press during Isabel. Felt like a true pioneer, haha
Too bad a little more rain didn’t come with the wind.
We got the wind allright, but only a nickel’s worth of much needed rain.
Well, Rocky, you gave me my first real LOL of the day. I sure do miss the gas ranges we had back in NYC.
We endured the Great Ice Storm up here in Maine some years back...
Gas range, wood cookstove, pulled water from the well in buckets, plenty of chipped ice for coolers under the trees. It took over an hour to get 3/4” of ice off the cars.
Not falling down had its moments.
Our power just came back. Went out 10:00 last night. I’m 50 miles west of DC.
Yep. I was out driving and a lot of uncontrolled intersections. Be careful.
No such thing as a welfare check anymore. They have EBT cards that are auto-refilled on welfare day.
No riots now, as planned.
Now, if the EBT cards can't be electronically read at the liquor store...watch out!
His Katrina IS in Colorado.
Somebody finally told him he had better get out there...
Actually a capital is the seat of governance (state and fed). Capitol is a building in DC
I disagree with you.
Sorry you disagree...I’m still right
You are soo lucky I’m still out. It’s been a long day.
We’re on a different circuit than our neighbors. All the houses across the street from us are still without power. We are lucky.
We went over to Kent Island Md today. All along the way we saw power outages. Saw a number of car out of gas on the side of he road. Traffic lights out all over the place. Lot of trees down.