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The wildfires in the Rocky Mountains area, Obamacare being upheld, and now this...Yeah, God's Judgment is upon this nation...

Eastern US storms, 2 million without power
June 30, 2012  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.
The storms, sometimes packing 70 mph winds, toppled three tractor trailers on Interstate 75 near Findlay, Ohio.

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Storms Rip Through DC, Leave Millions Without Power
June 30, 2012  Violent storms swept across the eastern U.S., killing at least nine people and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands on a day that temperatures across the region are expected to reach triple-digits.
The Mid-Atlantic region had already been experiencing 100-degree temperatures before Friday evening’s violent storms. Thousands are without power — and without air conditioning — as crews work to clear downed tree limbs and restore electricity.

The storms were blamed for the deaths of six people in Virginia; two in New Jersey; and another in Maryland.
More than 3 million power outages were reported from Indiana to New Jersey, with the bulk of the service interruptions concentrated in the Mid-Atlantic region. Earlier Friday, the nation’s capital reached 104 degrees — topping a record of 101 set in 1934.
On Saturday, temperatures were expected to reach 100 degrees again

A Derecho is a Land Hurricane
Shocking Images Follow Super Derecho
The super derecho that ripped through the Midwest and mid-Atlantic last night left millions without power.

Violent derecho storms ravage Eastern U.S. leaving 5 dead and 2 million without power
– Violent evening storms following a day of triple-digit temperatures wiped out power to more than 2 million customers across the eastern United States and caused at least five fatalities – including a 90-year-old Virginia woman asleep in bed when a tree slammed into her home, and two young cousins on a camping trip in southern New Jersey. No significant damage was reported in Hampton Roads, according to police dispatchers in the five cities. 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. The storms, sometimes packing 70 mph winds, toppled three tractor trailers on Interstate 75 near Findlay, Ohio. Fallen trees were blamed on both deaths in Springfield, Va. Besides the 90-year-old woman, who authorities didn’t identify pending notification of kin, a man driving his car was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities identified him as Khiet Nguyen, 27, of Burke, Va. In addition, a park police officer was injured by an uprooted tree in the northern Virginia county, and an 18-year-old man was struck by a power line, Jennings said. He was in stable condition after receiving CPR, she said. “Our officers and firefighters are out there with power saws, trying to clear the streets,” Jennings said. West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency after more than 500,000 customers in 27 counties were left without electricity. At least four utility poles fell on a road in Columbus, Ohio, making it too dangerous for people in four cars to get out, police said. One person was taken to a hospital. As of 1 a.m. Saturday, Pepco was reporting 406,000 outages in the District of Columbia and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, Md. -POL

The LORD sent thunder and hail, and fire ran down to the earth.  Exodus 9.23
There came hail and fire, mixed with blood, and they were thrown to the earth.  Revelation 8:7

Derecho,  Fire in the sky with pouring rain
A derecho storm over Virginia June 29, 2012. A derecho (Spanish for straight) is a widespread and long-lived, violent convectively induced straight-line windstorm that is associated with a fast-moving band of severe thunderstorms in the form of a squall line usually taking the form of a bow echo. Derechos blow in the direction of movement of their associated storms, similar to a gust front, except that the wind is sustained and generally increases in strength behind the “gust” front. A warm weather phenomenon, derechos occur mostly in summer, especially June and July in the Northern Hemisphere. -Wikipedia

Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.
In mine ears said the LORD of hosts, Of a truth many houses shall be desolate, even great and fair, without inhabitant
Isaiah 1  

Eastern US storms kill 13, cut power to millions
June 30, 2012  Millions across the mid-Atlantic region sweltered Saturday in the aftermath of violent storms that pummeled the eastern U.S. with high winds and downed trees, killing at least 13 people and leaving 3 million without power during a heat wave.

Power officials said the outages wouldn't be repaired for several days to a week, likening the damage to a serious hurricane. Emergencies were declared in Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, the District of Columbia and Virginia, where Gov. Bob McDonnell said the state had its largest non-hurricane outage in history, as more storms threatened. "This is a very dangerous situation," the governor said.

In West Virginia, 232 Amtrak passengers were stranded Friday night on a train that was blocked on both sides by trees that fell on the tracks, spending about 20 hours at a rural station before buses picked them up. And in Illinois, storm damage forced the transfer of dozens of maximum-security, mentally ill prisoners from one prison to another.

In some Virginia suburbs of Washington, emergency 911 call centers were out of service; residents were told to call local police and fire departments. Huge trees fell across streets in Washington, leaving cars crunched up next to them, and onto the fairway at the AT&T National golf tournament in Maryland. Cell phone and Internet service was spotty, gas stations shut down and residents were urged to conserve water until sewage plants returned to power.

Millions without power in eastern U.S
This is the largest non-hurricane power outage in Virginia history

July 1, 2012   Nearly 4 million homes and businesses were without power on Saturday amid a record heat wave in the eastern United States after deadly
thunderstorms downed power lines from Indiana to New Jersey. At least 11 people were killed.
Statewide emergencies were declared in Washington D.C., Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia because of damage from overnight storms,
which brought hurricane-force winds along a 500-mile (800-km) stretch.

D.C. area power outages could last for days
Well that matches the spiritual Darkness there!  Its a wicked place!
Many people were forced to seek refuge in malls, coffee shops and emergency shelters.
The storm struck before midnight Friday.

Extreme heat + millions without power = Dangerous situation
July 1, 2012   Extreme heat warnings were issued for 14 states on Sunday, complicating an already dangerous situation created by a massive weekend storm that killed at least 12 people and left more than 3 million without power in the mid-Atlantic.

The National Weather Service forecast excessive heat from Illinois to Georgia, a day after a deadly "derecho"--or fast-moving "straight-line" of high winds--ripped through the nation's midsection, while record triple-digit temperatures throttled several major cities. Atlanta hit 106 degrees on Saturday, one of more than 1,500 U.S. temperature records broken last week.

"It is very unsafe outdoors for those susceptible to these extreme conditions," the weather service warned. The heat combined with moderate humidity will result in heat indices topping 115 degrees.
"I'm very concerned with the problems created by the combination of power outages and severe heat," Ohio Gov. John Kasich said. Close to a million people were without power in Ohio late Saturday, and Kasich said it could take up to a week to restore power in some areas.

Obama authorized the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, to coordinate disaster relief in Ohio, according to Reuters. States of emergency have been declared in Ohio, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia and West Virginia, where 232 Amtrak passengers were stranded for more than 20 hours after trees fell across the tracks on both sides of the Chicago-bound train.
"This is not a one-day situation," Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said. "It is a multi-day challenge."

GOD responds to the 0bamaCare decision!
June 29-30, 2012  Friday and Saturday
The Supreme Court decision Thursday was the road to Derecho, which hit DC hardest.
Dericho in Spanish means right, justice, law, equity, honest.
When Jesus came to Jericho, a blind man begged for Mercy, and was healed.  Mark 10
Roberts had no mercy on anyone.  ( Joshua 2 - God's mercy for individuals )

13 dead, millions powerless during intense heat spell.
25 states and 45 million people affected by US heat.
Nearly 4 million people were without power across 25 states at one point, as intense storms called a Super Derecho slam 700 miles of the USA.
The storms raced east Friday and into Saturday from Indiana through Ohio and into West Virginia and DC with winds gusting as strong as 81 mph.
Washington area power outages after storm could last for days

A derecho is a widespread and long-lived wind storm that accompanies rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms.

The violent thunderstorms left a 700 mile trail of destruction across the Midwest and mid-Atlantic Friday, cutting power to millions and killing 13 people.
It took roughly 12 hours to race from northern Indiana to the southern mid-Atlantic coast.
Winds gusted to 91 mph at the Indiana airport Friday afternoon.
New Jersey registered an 81 mph gust Saturday morning.

Derecho 2011

Derecho, photos, maps, Colorado fires, good page

U.S. electrical grid system suffers ‘catastrophic damage’ from storms
July 2, 2012 – WASHINGTON - Relentless heat was forecast for much of the eastern United States for a fourth straight day on Monday, with about 2.2 million customers without power after violent storms and soaring temperatures killed at least 15 people. Power companies warned it could take several days to restore electricity completely in some areas as much of the United States sweltered in a record-breaking heat wave. “Hot and hotter will continue to be the story from the plains to the Atlantic Coast for the next few days,” the National Weather Service said. Emergencies were declared in Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington because of damage from a rare “super derecho” storm packing hurricane-force winds across a 700-mile (1,100 kilometre) stretch from the Midwest to the Atlantic Ocean. About 2.2 million homes and businesses from Illinois to New Jersey were still without power Monday morning, with the biggest concentration of outages in the Washington area. With power lines down across the region, the U.S. government told federal workers in the Washington area they could take unscheduled leave or work from home. Many schools and local governments also canceled programs or were closed because of outages. The storms came amid a record-setting heat wave that has seen temperatures top 100 Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) in several southern cities. In Atlanta, the mercury hit an all-time record of 106 degrees (41 C) on Saturday and reached 105 on Sunday. From St. Louis to Washington, temperatures were forecast to hit more records on Monday. Thunderstorms and high winds battered eastern North Carolina on Sunday afternoon, causing three more deaths on top of at least 12 caused by the deadly storms and heat in several states on Saturday. Powerful storms that brought wind gusts of up to 90 mph on Sunday knocked out power to more than 200,000 Commonwealth Edison customers in northeastern Illinois. “Friend and coauthor Bill Forstchen notes Washington-Baltimore blackout is a  mild taste of what an EMP(electromagnetic pulse) attack would do,” tweeted former presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. About 100,000 remained without power on Monday, the utility said. Utilities in Ohio, Virginia and Maryland described damage to their power grids as catastrophic. FirstEnergy utilities in states from Ohio to New Jersey had about 314,000 customers without power. The company said it expected to restore electricity to its Maryland, Ohio and Pennsylvania customers by Tuesday and Wednesday, but it could be late in the week before power was restored to all its customers in West Virginia


Lament for the Land
I wrote this for July 4, 2012  
It should be our Independence Day - FREEDOM celebration to wave our flag proudly!
But America has become a SHAME.

Harbinger means warning.
Before God judges a nation, He sends warning
February  1, 2012  and earlier I saw and reported all the harbingers, WARNINGS
GOD sent warning to ancient Israel - and to the United States of America.

Harbinger warnings from GOD - REPENT!  OR ELSE!
Rabbi Jonathan Cahn and Michael Boldea both warn, multiple pages

0bamacare curse on USA
June 2012  -  nail in the coffin

GOD responds to Barack Hussein Obama and the Supreme Court 0bamaCare decision!

Isaiah 9:10 Judgment(~52 minutes) - this is the BEST HARBINGER video!

Here are separate threads of the judgment of God on the USA for its SIN.
Its hard to know where to post, as to me it all seems related.
Some states have burn bans and bans against fireworks, due to heat, wind and drought.

Wildfires U.S.A.  *  Mainly Colorado but many states

Dericho storms USA, millions without power for days of record HEAT
June 29-30, 2012  Friday and Saturday
The Supreme Court decision Thursday was the road to Derecho, which hit DC hardest.
Dericho in Spanish means right, justice, law, equity, honest.

Heat wave USA

Amid misery of storm damage, D.C. firefighters fill private pool - firefighters work for the PUBLIC!
I find this outrageous!

Twilight’s Last Gleaming, the TRUTH about America founding fathers
Book by Robert Jeffress


Power back on for many Mid-Atlantic residents
July 5, 2012  More Mid-Atlantic residents were a little more comfortable Thursday as power companies hooked them back up with lights and air conditioning over the Fourth of July holiday.
The number without power was diminishing Thursday though not quickly enough for those still in the sweltering dark. More than 500,000 customers were still out with many of the outages — nearly 230,000 — in West Virginia.
Pepco got some of the harshest criticism. As of Thursday morning, the utility said it had restored power to more than 90 percent of its customers in the nation's capital and Maryland suburbs.

More than 2 million people at one point lost power from wicked storms that converged on Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, D.C., Indiana, Ohio and New Jersey. They packed winds topping 70 mph in some places, uprooting trees and damaging homes.
Officials blamed the storms for 26 deaths.

Meanwhile, a new round of summer storms was making its way across Michigan and Ohio, knocking down trees and power lines. Wind gusts above 60 mph were reported as storms crossed Michigan's Lower Peninsula, the National Weather Service said. In Ohio, downed power lines prompted the closure of a section of Interstate 670 that links downtown Columbus with the city's main airport. The highway reopened by the Thursday morning rush hour.

Severe storms lash Smokies park, kill 2
July 6, 2012  Tennessee – Violent thunderstorms with 70 mph winds hit parts of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and nearby communities in East Tennessee,
toppling trees onto streets and homes, leaving tens of thousands without power and stranding and injuring park visitors.
Some motorists were believed to be trapped in their vehicles, but crews were having difficulty getting deep into the park.

GOD's Hand of Judgement
Washington, DC Heatwave Breaks Records for days.
Gay Pride event at Pentagon Tuesday, June 26, record heat begins on Wednesday, June 27
Supreme Court defies Constitution in Obamacare decision Thursday, June 28,
Super Derecho leaves 700 mile swath of devastation from Illinois to Washington Friday, June 29
3000 heat records broken in the past week and Washington, DC sets all time record
in nine days from June 28 - July 6, with more coming

Severe Storms, Derecho Possible in Northeast Tomorrow
7/25/12  A derecho, the kind of storm that knocked out power to millions in Washington last month, may accompany bad weather forecast for New York City and the rest of the Northeast tomorrow, the U.S. Storm Prediction Center said.
There’s a moderate chance the rare windstorm will develop in an area from Indiana to Massachusetts, the center said on its website. The region is also at risk for severe thunderstorms, hail and possible tornadoes after noon, according to John Hart, a meteorologist at the agency’s Norman, Oklahoma, offices.

“The environment is going to be favorable for considerably severe weather right across the area even if we don’t get a derecho,” Hart said by telephone.
Last month, a derecho knocked out power to at least 4.3 million people from New Jersey to North Carolina as it unleashed winds of as much as 91 miles (146 kilometers) per hour, as powerful as a Category 1 hurricane. Twenty-four deaths were linked to the storm and its aftermath, according to the Associated Press.

A derecho is defined as an event that has wind gusts of at least 58 mph and leaves a swath of damage for 240 miles, according to the storm center’s website.

A storm that swept from Chicago to Kentucky yesterday also seems to have met the definition of a derecho, Hart said. Yesterday’s storm wasn’t as intense as the one that struck the mid-Atlantic, including Washington, on June 29, he said.

Hart said derechos are hard to predict because they require that a number of atmospheric elements come together.
“There is no way to have high confidence in such a forecast,” Hart said. “We decided the risk of that scenario happening was high enough that we would highlight it.”
The area from western Ohio to southern New England will probably be in the path of severe storms tomorrow afternoon, Hart said. New York, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Cincinnati all have a 45 percent chance of severe thunderstorms, high winds and hail.

Severe storms between the large airline hub cities of Chicago, New York and Atlanta often disrupt air travel throughout the U.S. Such fast-moving storms, which may include tornadoes, accounted for about $8.8 billion in insured losses in the U.S. in the first six months of 2012, according to the Insurance Information Institute in New York.

Cause of storms, drought, fires
Earth is heating, causing huge storms.  This is caused by the Son - oops, sun - and the other planets are also heating.
As earth heats, we see terrible derecho (da-ray-sho) storms, drought, fires.  There is NO END in sight.
Stan Deyo reported on GCN July 25, 2012

July  26, 2012
Derecho Winds Leave Damage for Hundreds of Miles

Derecho or Not Derecho
Until June 2012 the term may have been unknown to many people outside of the Central States. However, in the wake of the storms on June 29, 2012,
most people from West Virginia to Washington, D.C. have a good idea what it is and what it can do.
These powerful complexes of thunderstorms have been no stranger to the Plains and Midwest and have been documented for well over 100 years.

Storms knock out power to tens of thousands from Plains to Northeast
July 27, 2012 (CNN) - Hundreds of thousands lost power due to a potent storm system that extended eastward from the Plains toward the Northeast on Thursday, bringing with it high winds and destructive lightning.
Severe thunderstorm watches were in effect at one point Thursday evening for a continuous stretch from Oklahoma through New Jersey. The danger could lurk for several hours longer, with the National Weather Service issuing such warnings in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Kentucky, Virginia, Arkansas and other points in between.

Well before then, the system had already packed a punch.
In Pennsylvania, a tree crushed a woman in her car as she sought shelter at a campsite, killing her, said Glenn Dunn, the emergency management coordinator for Potter County.

A 61-year-old man in Brooklyn, New York, died after lightning struck a church sending a scaffold crashing down on him, authorities said.
Witnesses reported trees in the region buckling under the impact.
"The trees were bending sideways, (and) the sky just went really dark and green," said Mark Ventrini, a photographer, of the scene around 7:30 p.m. as he headed toward Belmar, New Jersey. "Some of the storms were pretty intense."

The weather service had received reports of possible tornadoes touching down in Elmira, New York, and Brookville, Pennsylvania.
Emergency managers in Broome County, New York, reported people trapped inside a home because of downed trees in the town of Vestal.
Strong storms also caused damage in Binghamton, New York, but the weather service said no injuries or fatalities have been reported.

The residual and more widespread damage came in the form of extensive power outages. More than 100,000 First Energy customers in Pennsylvania, for instance, didn't have electricity as of 10 p.m. ET, with other utilities like PECO and PPL reporting tens of thousands of others similarly in the dark.
An hour earlier, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a press release stating there were nearly 95,000 customers without power in that state, mostly NYSEG and Central Hudson customers.

Cuomo also declared a state of emergency for hard-hit Chemung County in the southwestern part of the state.
Many more people took in the impressive lightning storms, with daunting bolts preceding booming claps of thunder in small towns and big cities.

"The brunt of the storm itself was intense but short -- there was very strong rain and wind for about 15 minutes, at which point the rain cleared and the lightning show began," said Matthew Burke, a CNN iReporter who photographed lightning sprawling across the New York City skyline.
Several states away, tens of thousands also were in the dark, though power was being restored at a fairly fast rate. AEP Ohio, for instance, reported just over 51,000 customers lacking electricity at 6:15 p.m., yet more than 20,000 of those had the lights back on by 10 p.m.

Unusually massive line of storms aim at Midwest
6/12/13  WASHINGTON  — A gigantic line of powerful thunderstorms could affect one in five Americans on Wednesday as it rumbles from Iowa to Maryland packing hail, lightning and tree-toppling winds.
Meteorologists are warning that the continuous line of storms may even spawn an unusual weather event called a derecho (duh-RAY'-choh), which is a massive storm of strong straight-line winds spanning at least 240 miles. Wednesday's storms are also likely to generate tornadoes and cause power outages that will be followed by oppressive heat, said Bill Bunting, operations chief at the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla.

The risk of severe weather in Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, is roughly 45 times higher than on a normal June day, Bunting said. Detroit, Baltimore, Washington, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and Louisville, Ky., have a risk level 15 times more than normal. All told, the area the weather service considers to be under heightened risk of dangerous weather includes 64 million people in 10 states.

"It's a pretty high threat," Bunting said, who also warned that the storms will produce large hail and dangerous lightning. "We don't want to scare people, but we want them to be aware."
Wednesday "might be the worst severe weather outbreak for this part of the country for the year," said Jeff Masters, meteorology director at Weather Underground.
Tornadoes and a derecho can happen at the same time, but at any given place Wednesday the straight-line winds are probably more likely.

Last year, a derecho caused at least $1 billion in damage from Chicago to Washington, killing 13 people and leaving more than 4 million people without power, according to the weather service. Winds reached nearly 100 mph in some places and in addition to the 13 people who died from downed trees, another 34 people died from the heat wave that followed in areas without power.

Derechoes, with winds of at least 58 mph, occur about once a year in the Midwest. Rarer than tornadoes but with weaker winds, derechoes produce damage over a much wider area.
Wednesday's storm probably won't be as powerful as 2012's historic one, but it is expected to cause widespread problems, Bunting said.
The storms will move so fast that "by the time you see the dark sky and distant thunder you may have only minutes to get to safe shelter," Bunting said.

The storms will start late morning or early afternoon in eastern Iowa, hit Chicago by early afternoon and move east at about 40 mph, Bunting said. If the storm remains intact after crossing the Appalachian Mountains, which would be rare for a derecho, it should hit the Washington area by late afternoon or early evening, he said.
For Washington, Philadelphia and parts of the Mid-Atlantic the big storm risk continues and even increases a bit Thursday, according to the weather service.

Violent storm spawns Midwest tornadoes, heads east
June 12, 2013 - 10.00 pm Updates with storm skirting Chicago, heading to eastern U.S.
A violent storm swept across the upper Midwest on Wednesday and headed toward the U.S. East
Coast, spawning several tornadoes as well as damaging hail and high winds, but skirted Chicago without doing major damage.
   The storm had been described by the National Weather Service as "very dangerous" because of its potential to produce tornadoes and "derechos" - storms in which wind speeds increase as they move.

   The threat caused transportation chaos in Chicago, America's third largest city. Many people left work early from high-rise buildings in order to beat the storm home, and others were stuck in traffic jams or on trains delayed by the weather.
   The worst of the storm and the high winds passed just south of Chicago.
   "So far we have lucked out and have not had the intense corridor of damaging winds," said John Hart, a meteorologist with the weather service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.
   Numerous tornado warnings were issued for parts of the
Midwest, and the weather service website showed 16 reports of tornadoes, including twisters in Iowa, Illinois and Ohio. A tornado warning tells residents to find shelter immediately
   Benjamin Jeffers, 18, an employee at the Belmond Country Club in Iowa, about 95 miles (150 km) north of Des Moines, said  he and coworkers fled to the basement after one of two funnel clouds approached.
   "Debris started flying around the golf course and it started to get real close and the other one started to get way big," he said. "It sounded like a big train without the horn. A rumble kind of." The club escaped damage, he said.
   Stefanie Bond, spokeswoman for the Iowa Emergency Management department, said four tornadoes were reported in Wright County, Iowa, where a couple of businesses and a home were destroyed. No injuries or fatalities have been reported in the state, she said. Another tornado was reported in Franklin County, she said.
   In Carroll County, Illinois west of Chicago, a dispatcher said one person was injured but details were not immediately available.
   The storm was headed east to the Pittsburgh and Cleveland areas later on Wednesday and to the East Coast by Thursday morning, Hart said.
   The area facing the greatest threat of storms on Thursday, including high winds and possible tornadoes, stretches from eastern Virginia and the Washington, D.C., area north to Philadelphia and southern New Jersey, Hart said.
   While the storm did not produce high winds and tornadoes in the Chicago area, it did dump 3 to 5 inches (8 to 13 cm) of rain which could cause flash flooding in southern suburbs, the weather service said.
   Four lines of Chicago's commuter rail service were halted during the rush hour, but later resumed service. More than 360 flights were canceled at Chicago's O'Hare airport, one of the world's busiest, and other flights were delayed, the Chicago Department of Aviation said.
   An additional 55 flights were canceled at Chicago's Midway Airport.
   A Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert at a downtown park, expected to be attended by thousands of music fans, was canceled, and a Chicago White Sox baseball game was postponed.

Severe Storm, Tornado Risk Thursday Philly to DC, Norfolk
Jun 13, 2013
The risk of thunderstorms with tornadoes will shift to the mid-Atlantic and South Thursday.
Strong thunderstorms for West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina and northeast Georgia.

RECAP June 12-13, 2013 storms
A dangerous outbreak of severe weather developed across the Midwest and Ohio Valley Wednesday afternoon, producing dangerous thunderstorms and widespread wind damage similar to that of a derecho.
Into Wednesday night, cities such as Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, Fort Wayne, Ind., Aurora, Ill., and Dayton, Ohio were threatened by severe weather.
Though unconfirmed, tornadoes had already been reported in multiple states across the Midwest by Wednesday evening.
Into early Thursday morning, storms began to weaken slightly as they made their way through eastern Ohio. Still, storms were producing wind gusts up to 60 mph.
Tornado, flood alerts as storm system pushes east

Devastating winds, hail and even tornadoes were forecast for the East Coast on Thursday, caused by a massive storm system that tormented the Midwest a day earlier.

Flood warnings were in effect for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, while severe thunderstorms are also possible in the South and Southeast.

Roughly 62 million Americans are in the path of severe weather, MSNBC Meteorologist Bill Karins said. The worst of it could be in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Richmond, Va., and Philadelphia.

However, there were no reports early Thursday of any dreaded derechos – straight-line windstorms whose gusts can reach hurricane force. Karins said the conditions needed to produce a derecho no longer were present.

At least 55,000 customers were without power in Illinois and northwest Indiana after the storm system pushed through the Upper Midwest Wednesday, bringing suspected tornadoes to Chicago and Ohio.


Flooding, tornado near DC, and threat of more severe weather on East Coast

A tornado in Maryland and hail and rain along the Eastern seaboard delayed flights and snarled work commutes along the East Coast on Thursday, caused by a massive storm system that tormented the Midwest a day earlier.

The storm turned deadly in Virginia, where a large, mature tree uprooted by the storm fell on a school-age child, killing him, police said. A man was also injured in the incident that took place at Maymont Park in Richmond, but his injuries are not life-threatening.

Flood warnings were in effect for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, while severe thunderstorm warnings were also issued in the South and Southeast.

The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado near Washington suburb Laurel, Md., at about 4:06 p.m. ET Thursday, and said the twister was moving east at 50 mph. A tornado threat had been issued earlier in the day, extending all the way from southern New Jersey and southern Pennsylvania to the Gulf Coast, said Weather Channel forecaster Greg Forbes. The threat was highest from north and east Virginia to east Pennsylvania and central New Jersey.

In Maryland and Virginia, tornado watches expired at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Roughly 62 million Americans were in the path of severe weather, MSNBC Meteorologist Bill Karins said. Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Richmond, Va., and Philadelphia were expected to get the worst of it. A severe thunderstorm watch was in effect in Washington, Maryland, and Virginia until 7 p.m. ET.

State-by-state look at Iowa to Mid-Atlantic storm

A state-by-state look at what's happening with big storm sweeping from Iowa to Mid-Atlantic

Massive thunderstorms have swept across the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states, knocking out power to thousands of people and causing some flash flooding in certain areas. Here's a snapshot of what is happening, state by state:


Severe thunderstorms on Thursday left about 160,000 customers in north and middle Georgia without power. Lightning lit up the nighttime sky over Atlanta, and falling trees left two people with non-life threatening injuries in Canton. There were reports of a possible tornado in Cherokee County.


National Weather Service authorities reported several small tornadoes and quarter-size hail as severe weather moved across northern Illinois. Meanwhile, airlines canceled more than 120 flights at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Wednesday night's White Sox game was postponed, along with Northwestern University classes and finals scheduled on its Chicago and Evanston campuses. Game 1 of the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup series was played at the United Center. Power outages: About 34,000 in northern Illinois.


The National Weather Service says several farm buildings near Wabash, Ind., were destroyed by 90 to 100 mph straight-line winds. Building damage and downed trees were reported after winds topping 60 mph and golf ball-size hail pelted places from Gary to Fort Wayne. Thousands of customers across northern Indiana were without power at one point, though utility officials said most had been restored by Thursday.


Weather officials say preliminary reports indicate multiple tornadoes touched down in northern Iowa on Wednesday, though an official tally isn't immediately available. A team has been surveying damage in the Belmond area in Wright County, where reports indicate more than one tornado may have hit the area. There has been significant damage to a few houses and businesses on the north side of town. It includes collapsed walls, broken windows and debris.

The team is headed to the Hampton area in nearby Franklin County, where there also have been reports of damage. No injuries or fatalities have been reported.


Storms on Thursday caused three reported tornadoes, downed trees, tens of thousands of power outages and closed roads. Also, a 19-year-old woman was sent to the hospital after being struck by lightning.


Consumers Energy spokesman Roger Morgenstern said about 32,000 of the utility's 1.8 million Michigan customers remained without power Thursday afternoon. Allegan and Van Buren were the hardest-hit counties, with about 14,000 outages between them. Morgenstern said many customers will have power restored by the evening, while some in the hardest-hit areas will have to wait until Friday afternoon. Many trees struck power lines, bringing them down - along with poles in some cases.


A storm dumped heavy rain to parts of southern Minnesota on Wednesday morning, including nearly 3.25 inches at Hutchinson airfield. Hail and wind gusts of up to 65 mph were also reported.


A wave of storms Thursday evening downed trees and left more than 157,000 customers without power, mostly in the Piedmont region.


Storms left thousands without power early Thursday in the Buckeye State. An emergency management official in Morrow County told The Columbus Dispatch late Wednesday that there were reports of two possible tornadoes in the central Ohio county. Downed trees were blocking some area roads, but there were no reports of serious injuries.


The entire state of Pennsylvania remains under a flood watch through Thursday. Lightning from a fast-moving storm may have sparked a fire that killed a western Pennsylvania man early Thursday, the state fire marshal said. The fire happened in New Brighton, about 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. .

In Ardmore, stormy weather halted the first round of the U.S. Open less than two hours after it began but it resumed about three hours later. Meanwhile, flights at Philadelphia International Airport were delayed an hour and a half to two hours.


A flood warning has been issued for areas for the Pawtuxet River and areas along the Pawcatuck River. Some areas along the Pawtuxet have already experienced minor flooding.


Storms were blamed for the death Thursday afternoon of a 4-year-old boy who was struck by a tree that toppled while he was visiting a Richmond park with his father, who suffered non-life threatening injuries. Statewide, more than 300,000 customers lost power.


Storms came and went in Washington before the evening rush hour, bringing winds and thunder that knocked trees onto houses and cut power to thousands of homes and traffic signals. reported that more than 100 flights were cancelled at the Baltimore-Washington area's three airports, and there were hundreds more flights delayed.


The West Virginia National Guard sent personnel to assist in Roane County after several inches of rain prompted flash flooding Thursday. A county 911 center was evacuated and some roads in the Spencer area have been closed because of flash flooding.


A partial roof collapse at a Wal-Mart in Lake Delton left two employees with minor injuries as heavy rain and high winds spread across southern Wisconsin. Street flooding was reported in parts of the village of Boscobel in Grant County and in Portage and Pardeeville in Columbia County.

400-Mile Swath of Damage Caused by Derecho
June 15, 2013
The National Weather Service has confirmed that the storm complex that pushed across the Midwest to the East Coast June 12 through June 13 met the qualifications for a low-end derecho. The widespread wind damage and heavy rain resulted in power outages, damaged property and downed trees. As of Friday morning, early reports from 911 call centers and emergency managers state at least three fatalities and several injuries as a result from the storms.
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