Power Outages in Storm-Struck Eastern U.S.

Marilyn Golias, right, looks at a utility pole which fell near her house in Falls Church, Va. (Cliff Owen/AP)

Marilyn Golias, right, looks at a utility pole which fell near her house in Falls Church, Va. (Cliff Owen/AP)

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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.


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Power Outages in Storm-Struck Eastern U.S. - Roger Wood

We started this part with a clip of Ginger Johnson. She is 43 years old and lives outside Charlottesville, Virginia. She's just one of nearly three million people still without electricity this morning in the eastern United States.

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. Felled trees stranded an Amtrak train for nearly 24 hours. Power was out in Atlantic City casinos, and shut down Amazon's cloud computing service taking out popular online services such as Instagram and Pinterest.

All this is happening in the middle of a record-breaking heat wave across many parts of the soutern and eastern U.S., with temperatures regularly reaching and exceeding 40 degrees, that's well over 1-hundred Fahrenheit.

This morning Hydro One in Ontario announced it's dispatching 2-hundred workers to Baltimore, Virginia and Washington to help with emergency work to restore electricity.

People Sweltering in areas left without air conditioning may have a long week ahead of them. Officials say it could be four more days before power is restored to all of the customers who lost it. Many people are being encouraged to take refuge in local cooling centers, especially families with young children or the elderly.

Roger Wood lives in Landover, Maryland, another area hit hard by Friday's storms. He and his three-year-old son tried to escape the heat yesterday at a local cooling centre. We reached him at his home.

Power Outages in Storm-Struck Eastern U.S. - Andrew Freedman

For some perspective on this exceptional weather, Andrew Freedman. He's senior science writer for Climate Central, and he joined us from New York.

This segment was produced by The Current's Idella Strurino.

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