There will be reports of the “big storm” that blew through the DC Metro last night. I had already fallen asleep by 10:50 p.m. and my wife was finishing a movie on the iPad.
Following a day of intense heat and humidity build-up, something would have to give weatherwise.
Dreaming deeply about a Marcellus shale paper that I am writing, tossing around ideas, and suddenly, jab and poke, poke, poke.
My eyes popped open, though my ear is off as my cochlear implant is unplugged. She is now animated and pointing toward the bedroom window where I saw a flash of lightning.
I went to the living room as she chased me carrying my listening device. I peered out the living room and onto the balcony into the dark to see my potted plants blown over and a lawn chair wedged into the railing. Rain was falling in sheets.
I plugged in. “Camera, sound, action!” I shouted, “What a storm!”
I have to admit, not having hearing, one misses the sound of the fury and takes some of the excitement from the experience.
I received reports from friends on Facebook. Bryan reported that a limb fell onto his wife’s car and the electricity was off. He was crossing his fingers.
“Storms leave more than 2M people without power across eastern US; 2 fatalities reported in Va.
A wave of violent storms sweeping through the mid-Atlantic following a day of record-setting heat in Washington, D.C., has knocked out power to nearly 2 million people. The storms converged Friday night on Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency after more than 500,000 customers in 27 counties were left without electricity.
By Associated Press, Updated: Saturday, June 30, 5:35 AM
Violent evening storms following a day of triple-digit temperatures wiped out power to more than 2 million people across the eastern United States and caused two fatalities in Virginia — including a 90-year-old woman asleep in bed when a tree slammed into her home, a police spokeswoman said Saturday.
Widespread power outages were reported from Indiana to New Jersey, with the bulk of the service interruptions concentrated on Washington, D.C., and the surrounding areas. Earlier Friday, the nation’s capital reached 104 degrees — topping a record of 101 set in 1934.
More than 20 elderly residents at an apartment home in Indianapolis were displaced when the facility lost power due to a downed tree. Most were bused to a Red Cross facility to spend the night, and others who depend on oxygen assistance were given other accommodations, the fire department said.