The Current | Jul 2, 2012 | 22:00
Power Outages in Storm-Struck Eastern U.S.
Massive thunderstorms with winds blowing at hurricane-force knocked down trees, power lines and killed as many as 13 people on Friday night, leading to declarations of emergency in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia. On Saturday, three million customers lost power after damage to power grids that some utilities described as catastrophic. All this is happening in the middle of a record-breaking heat wave across many parts of the Southern and Eastern U.S., with temperatures regularly reaching and exceeding 40 degrees.