Images thanks to Accuweather:
A trampoline hangs over a power line following Friday’s derecho
Ohio submitted by Eleven Warriors
Reminds me of the photos we took days after the Alabama April 27th, 2011 tornado outbreak:
Trampoline Ohio submitted by Mary Fox
A tree toppled by severe storms sits atop a car in Washington’s Dupont Circle neighborhood on Saturday, June 30, 2012 in Washington. More than two million people across the eastern U.S. lost power after violent storms and two people died, including a 90-year-old woman asleep in bed when a tree slammed into her home, a police spokeswoman said Saturday. (AP Photo/Jessica Gresko)
A “super derecho” of violent thunderstorms left a more than 700-mile trail of destruction across the Midwest and mid-Atlantic on Friday, cutting power to millions and killing thirteen people.
More than 600 damaging wind reports were received by NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center (SPC) as the derecho took roughly 12 hours to race from northern Indiana to the southern mid-Atlantic coast.
A derecho is defined as a widespread and long-lived wind storm that accompanies rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms. The most severe derechos are given the adjective “super.”
HUGE-Derecho North Lewisburg Ohio-6/29/2012
Friday’s super derecho was triggered by a ripple in the jet stream and fueled by the intense heat that caused Washington, D.C., to set a June record high and Columbia, S.C., to break its all-time record on Friday.
Derechos typically strike the lower Midwest states once every year, according to the SPC. The occurrence of derechos, however, are quite rare across the mid-Atlantic, south of Philadelphia. On average, this region endures a derecho once every four years.
Leora Cherry scales a tree leaning on a neighbor’s house on Woodside Parkway in Silver Spring. Bill O’Leary / The Washington Post
As the temperature crept past 90 degrees Sunday afternoon, the number left to swelter without out power in the Washington region crept down by degrees, but many braced for life without air conditioning, lights and refrigeration for days to come.
The number without power was dropping by the hour — 739,187 at noon, down by almost 40,000 since 8:30 a.m. — and power was fully restored to water pumping stations in Maryland, ending mandatory water restrictions in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.
But Pepco officials estimated it could be Friday before power is restored to nearly all of its customers in Maryland and D.C. who are without electricity.
Violent storms swept across the eastern U.S., killing at least 10 people and knocking out power to millions of people on a day that temperatures across the region are expected to reach triple-digits. The heat wave continues.