Archive for June 30, 2012

SEVERE STORMS BLAST THROUGH THE MID-ATLANTIC STATES FRIDAY NIGHT LEAVING MANY WITHOUT POWER… THE INTENSE HEAT CONTINUES WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR MORE STORMS

After a brutally hot Friday, a cluster of storms which tracked all the way from the Midwest, came blasting through the Mid-Atlantic states bringing damaging winds to many localities. It seems that the hardest hit areas were near Washington, DC. I saw a report this morning that up to two million people are without power! That means no air conditioning which is going to be problematic today (Saturday). In my neighborhood, we just had some gusty winds and a few drops of rain around midnight. The storms basically missed my neighborhood. However, other parts of Hampton Roads were not that lucky. There are thousands without power right now in Hampton Roads. Wind gusts in some areas were near 70 MPH which downed many trees. The Peninsula was hit harder than the South-side. Luckily, I haven’t heard any reports of injuries here in Hampton Roads. However, there were two deaths reported in the Northern Mid-Atlantic states due to these intense storms…. The high pressure ridge is still firmly in place so another couple of days of intense heat are likely. There is a chance that thunderstorms may again develop well out to our west or west-northwest and move our way tonight. The SPC has our area included in a “slight risk” zone for severe weather. Again, the biggest threat from these storms will be strong and damaging winds.  Monday is expected to be slightly cooler, but there is no real relief in sight from the above normal temperatures. So, please be careful if working or playing outside. That’s it for now. I will have an update Sunday morning.

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