Violent derecho storms ravage Eastern U.S. leaving 13 dead and 3 million without power

June 30, 2012VIRGINIAViolent 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 13 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
Derecho: Above, 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
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75 Responses to Violent derecho storms ravage Eastern U.S. leaving 13 dead and 3 million without power

    • Stewart says:

      Here is a list of the number of homes without power by state:

      Indiana: 112,760
      Kentucky: 140,461
      Ohio: 363,500
      West Virginia: 500,000
      Virginia: 2.5 million
      Maryland: More than 1.3 million
      New Jersey: 168,000

      • Caroline in West Virginia says:

        That storm was about 450 miles long and 50 miles wide when it slammed into us at 80 mph here in central West Virginia. No mains power, no phones.. trees down everywhere.. spotty cellphone coverage. There is a threat of losing our water supply during the predicted 2 week outage. However, we do have a 10 KW solar array and a large battery back-up system here so we are quite happily running critical circuits (2 freezers, 2 fridge-freezers, power points, lights for kitchen, bathroom and family/workroom). I had 4 friends over here for dinner last night (including one who had just queued for several hours for a tank of gas), and the talk was of the end times and apocalyptic events. I have most definitely sold another copy of The Extinction Protocol after last night’s discussionsl!. My brother in the UK also bought his copy last week… and is overawed with your work Alvin.. thank you!

      • Thank you, Caroline. I’m so happy to hear your preparation helped you thrive in an adverse situation. Such personal stories are inspiring for all the readers because they demonstrate the benefits of perparation.

        Thank you for spreading the word about my work. May God continue to bless you and the family as you are already a beacon and blessings to many others.

        Humbled and grateful,

      • Stewart says:

        Everyone needs to get prepared in the best way they can. These storms, fires and anomalies are going to get worse and more frequent. As Alvin has said many times the climate is coming apart so to speak. This is only the beginning and soon the frequency of these events will disrupt all ways of life on a daily basis

  1. elijahsmom3 says:

    We got hit with this here in Ohio. It was very creepy, for lack of a better word. It seemed to come out of nowhere, and it was so strong, pulling a huge cloud of dust with it. I’ve never seen anything like it here. We lost power for 14 hours, and that was a HUGE wake-up call. We are prepared to some extent, but not even close to the point we need to be. The major thing for us in this house, is that we have no plan. No protocol (heh, I kinda like that word) for how to deal with a situation that is out of the ordinary. All the supplies in the world are useless if there is no cohesive unit with the family. So anybody else out there without this vital step in survival, it is essential!

    All that being said, we were very lucky. There are so many people still without power and dealing with damage. Prayers go out to them.

    God Bless,

    • IMG

      “These extreme weather events will become more numerous and deadly as global temperatures continue to rise and atmospheric conditions across the planet grow increasingly more unstable. This is the new face and force of natural destruction. It is deadly. It can strike in an instant. It is horrifc and it will soon become the norm. In the space of half an hour; these unbridled forces of nature can obliterate ecosystems, alter landscapes, and completely wipe man off the face of the Earth.” – The Extinction Protocol, page 145 2010

      Just as I said…

    • Irene C says:

      I’m glad to hear you’re okay Ronni. It blew through here also. It hit right after I got off of work so my husband and I were out in it. It was raining sideways and traffic lights were out. The sky looked eerie with that ugly green tint. When we got home, we found that it had just rained enough to get the road wet and not much wind. I have heard about a legend that the Native Americans who lived in this area blessed it so the devil wind never hits. Amazingly, really bad storms hit all around us but usually leave us pretty much unscathed. (Unless it’s a winter storm, then we get hammered.) But a lot of Ohio got hit pretty hard. There were also sightings of funnel clouds and one tornado touchdown.

      • elijahsmom3 says:

        Thank you, Irene. I have been wondering about you with all of this going on. There are some places only 15 minutes away from me that are still without power. Elijah (he is almost 4) has bronchitis and has been running 101-102 degree fever, and I spent most of the night wondering what I would do with him in 100 degree temperatures and no air conditioning. Probably could have fried an egg on his head. But seriously, we take so much for granted. Glad that you are ok.

      • I’ll pray for Elijah, R.

        Stay well,


      • elijahsmom3 says:

        Thank you Alvin. He’s doing much better today.
        Check +

    • pagan66 says:

      Thinking of you & yours my friend. Sending you Love.


      • elijahsmom3 says:

        Thank you Ceri. We are all fine. Just a tiny little shot of reality. Time to wake up, ya know? Been thinking of you also.
        Much love in return.

    • Irene C says:

      I am also paying for Elijah. It’s tough being a parent, especially when these things happen.

    • Dennis E. says:

      Glad you are ok………Hope the little one is better……….
      Don’t feel like you didn’t prepare as you should as your fault. Great opportunity to get everybody on the same sheet of music in the future and to see what your family needs are and would be in future case……………

      • elijahsmom3 says:

        Thank you Dennis. He is much better today. Yeah, sometimes it takes something like this to wake up the rest of the family. I couldn’t keep my husband out of the fridge after the power went out! He kept saying, “oh, it’ll be back on in ten minutes”…..fourteen hours later……so maybe next time he’ll listen. We were very lucky, there are so many people still w/o power, and not expecting to have it restored for days. Prayers to all of them.

        Thought we were about to get it again tonight, but it blew over.

  2. Dianne Ford says:

    Holy Cow! This morning never even mentioned this storm. More important news about stars getting divorced and other important news like that! God help us all if something really important was needed to be told to us!

  3. Franky says:

    This type of storm hit Canada in Saskatchewan and British Columbia in the last week is this strange. As well as a record amount of tornados in Saskatchewan during our first storm of the year

  4. Stewart says:


    What was the orange fire like display in the sky? Could have been lightning I suppose, but I don’t ever remember seeing anything like that.

  5. I thought it was heat lightening because there was no clap or thunder with these but then I saw right behind my house a lightening bolt hit the ground repeatedly. Is that possible?

  6. John says:

    If this storm is able to cause this much damage and create this much electrical outage, just imagine what super storms would do that were caused by a magnetic polar shift, or whatever climate earth changes took place that were foretold by seers, prophets, Mayan Calendar and the such.

  7. luisport says:

    Johnny Kelly‏@stormchaser4850

    Update: At least 13 dead after yesterday’s multiple-state ‪#derecho‬ (VA-6, NJ-2, MD-2, KY-1, OH-1) Washington DC-1)

    25 minJohnny Kelly‏@stormchaser4850

    Developing: State of Emergency declared in Washington DC due to the widespread damage, power outages after ‪#derecho‬

  8. luisport says:

    Johnny Kelly‏@stormchaser4850

    RT @stormchaser4850: States of emergency have now been declared in Ohio, West Virginia and Virginia after deadly and devastating ‪#derecho‬

  9. Chynna says:

    More than 3 mil without power now O.O Bet those American ‘preppers’ are feeling pretty content right about now.

  10. Deb says:

    A guy on another site posted that even cell power was out. No 911. You had to physically get to help yourself. And my family/friends think I have lost it because I’m starting to gather emergency supplies, thanks to you guys!

    • You can quote me on this one: “It’s better to be an insane genius than to be an ingenious idiot.”

      God bless,

      • Deb says:

        LOL, like that!

      • Susan says:

        Ha Ha Alvin -you made my day! Love it! Ingenious Idiots dont think in educated awareness beyond mainstream feeding. Pretty sad when your a well versed, researched and educated thinker…societies norm is to shun you as insane. Carry on Alvin…carry on! Love this site and such respect for you, Alvin.

  11. Preppin Pawpaw says:

    I was one of the MANY who lost power, we were without for almost 12 hours… Thank god I had the foresight a year or so ago, to be PREPARED!! We didn’t skip a beat, once power went out, I fired up the Generator and we were back up and running :) I feel sorry for those who still do not prepare for these types of emergencies as well as all other emergencies…Hopefully they start to wake up and see the real Earth Changes taking place and get prepared for more of the same and worse…
    Thanks again for supplying REAL news to us !!

    • Love to hear stories like that- than you were prepared for adverstity and continue to thrive. Wonderful planning on your part and thanks for letting me
      know how the storm impacted you. It was very destructive weather system. The call derechos inland hurricanes.

      Take care and thanks for being here,

      • Preppin Pawpaw says:

        Thank you !! I as well as all the EP family of readers are glad you do what you do…

        Amazing how this world can’t come to grips and do the RIGHT thing anymore…..Pity really
        Thanks again and God bless

      • Natural disasters and planetary upheavel will, sooner or later, hush the quell of war. I only know of one world power and that is God and Earth is His footstool.

  12. luisport says:

    Johnny Kelly‏@stormchaser4850

    Developing: State of Emergency declared in Baltimore, MD due to the ‪#derecho‬ damage, power outages

  13. Al says:

    I dont know how i ended up on this webpage but i feel it necessary for myself to comment on the subject at hand….
    interesting to see how many times people living in disaster prone areas are involved with hurricanes or earthquakes and have never stocked emergency food, lighting, generators, fuel, cut wood, first aid supplies, animal food etc. In my house we have a minimum 3 month food supply in the pantry, 6 months canned foods, soups, and condiments in the garage, 1000 gallons of water out behind the garage, along with at least 18-24 months now in cases of canned foods, 3 generators and fuel for several months ,6 twenty gallon propane tanks for bbqs, 24 cases bottled water gatorade and pop, cases of cheap wine (for barter purposes), cases of freeze dryed foods and vegetables, oats,pasta,rice, beans. flour,syrup, honey, salt, sugar,potatoe flakes,pancake mix etc we packed in mylar bags with oxygen absorbers and stored in plastic buckets. (good for up to 30 years) it has been a ton of money getting to this point but i still add to everything as i can afford it. when our power goes out i make sure my neighbors have what they need to make it through. if they need food fuel a generator, the car dug out so they can go to work, we make it happen for them. Eventually it isnt about just taking care of yourself and your family, it extends to being of assistance to others in need also (when my immediate family needs are met–and being less reliant on government help during bodied people sitting on their thumbs not doing anything for themselves are what the government wants. they will turn you into sheeple and you will do as they say in order for you to live..i chose the other road and can take care of myself without any assistance on their part, and it feels good to have the necessary skills food and equipment to do so. thanks for letting me rant.

    • tonic says:

      Have you ever thought how wanted you are.

      • tonic says:

        Ever thought that you have leardership skills and this is not about you. You are in a position to help people. Do it, please.

    • Dennis E. says:

      Most of us who’ve have been coming to this site for at least 90 days know that they need to store up some sort of provisions. You are looking ahead which is a good thing.
      Some people never believe anything is going to happen.
      Some people are just plain Lazy.
      Some people plan to live off others.
      I know people who do not watch the news.
      Some even expect the goverment to be there.
      We are just aware and trying to prepare.

    • K says:

      A lot of people are prepared but the fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc. Destroy everything and they are left with nothing and they cant continue to be self-reliant. It’s wonderful you are prepared and willing to help people because it’s a great thing to do but many have been like you and than bam everything is gone and they are left with nothing when a natural disaster hits.

      • Tom says:

        Food and energy storage in underground shelter makes it easier. But its important to chose a good place to live. Far away from big city, not to close to big waters, not to hot or cold, house grounded on bedrock if possible

    • John says:

      It’s not a good idea to tell your neighbors what you have. An informant befriended Mr. Weaver for 4 years then he turned Weaver into the government, and he and his family were killed by the government at Ruby Ridge. In a big SHTF situation, your neighbors will take everything that you have. Keep your “stuff” a secret and hide some of it. Remember loose lips sink ships. Check out all the prepper channels on the concept of INTEL.

      • Dennis E. says:

        10-4, i thought about that…………….

      • Moco says:

        You need to prepare and know how to protect yourself, also. If you are going to prep, then prep within a full balance of the situation. The real deal.

    • Susan says:

      Provisions are nice but I would rather parish at the hand of God than the hand of government or trying to stay alive faster than my neighbor. Provisions run out…God does not. Death is not the end as God has promised. No fear… ready or not. God bless all the people who have passed before us…billions..trillions-men, woman, children…lest there life be no more important than mine. More over…god bless all the ones who will parish…tis not how you die…tis how you prepare your spirit in Christ. Always was. I have no provisions prepared and believe in gods plan for me -not the one I have for myself. I have prepared my soul…as I fully understand when or how I die is not about me but about Christ. As Christ’s death on the cross was not about him but about us. God knows no age so be ready. Whats about me is the account of my human life and interactions I have now with my family, friends, enemies, strangers, all people.. in utter and complete awerness of my spiritual …soul life I nuture. Fear of death is a thief to the soul. Because with death comes resurrection of your soul. If I bring one piece of bread with me…God can feed the world. Why is it that people dont trust what they know? Becuase of FEAR. Thanks for letting me rant.

      • Christine C. says:

        HI Susan–I’ve been wanting to say just what you did, but wasn’t sure how until now–it’s because of my husband’s inability to realize how dangerous the times are, that God led me to realize that He meant what He said–to trust in Him with all of our hearts–the Lord Jesus told us not to store up goods where thieves and moths can steal it or destroy it–so, when I realized there was not much I could do short of leaving my husband, to try and go where it might be safer, where people also stored up goods, I just couldn’t do it–so, I turned to our heavenly Father and asked for His help, for the Lord Jesus’s help, in getting us both through this according to His will–I felt there was nothing else I could do, and it was our heavenly Father who helped me see that, to trust in Him, is what He wishes for all us to do–so, I feel much better about things now, knowing that, no matter what happens, I can rely on God Almighty, and our Lord, to see us through it, comewhatmay.

  14. John says:

    Since Washington D.C. is without electricity, I wonder if any looting has started? Have the gangs started coming out of the woodwork? Is the national guard on alert and in place? Are they going door to door collecting firearms like they did in Katrina? Is there any food left on the grocery store shelves? In other words, how is the situation playing out in Washington D.C. in relationship to many of the scenarios that preppers discuss and predict will happen with the SHTF.

  15. Cyborg3462 says:

    The pendulum is swinging. .

  16. Carol K says:

    Although it is wonderful you have all those provisions – however, if a tornado came through or a fire as is happening in Colorado Springs, CO – all your provisions would be gone in a flash. So I believe the Lord is shaking up this nation to turn our eyes and hearts to Him. He alone can watch over us and lead us to the provisions we need when there are none. He fed His people mana from heaven and quail. He turned water into wine. He divided the fish and loaves to feed hundreds. He will do the same for us. We need to put our trust in Him and not our goods. It is fine to stock up a little…but look to the hills from where your help truly cometh – it is from God who made heaven and earth.
    These are the last days and the Lord told us there would be a great shaking. We see it happening before our very eyes. The thing that matters most is that we have made a true heart commitment to belong to Him. He will guide us by His Spirit in these times of distress.

    • Canadian Blair says:

      AMEN! I think it’s a wonderful idea to stock up, but I put my faith on unshakable ground, it’s a comfort like non other.
      Bless you all, our redemption draws near.

    • Christine C. says:

      I was going to remind him of what you just said, Carol–thanks.:)

    • Dan Sherwood says:

      Carol K,
      I prep because the Lord leads me to prep. Not because I do not trust in His provision. I prep extra for friends and neighbors who have not received the same warning from the Lord as they do not as yet have a saving knowledge of Christ or experience the joy of a relationship with the Lord. We are instructed to be effective witnesses for Christ until He calls us home. What better way to witness in time of emergency then to share how the Lord lead you in preparing.

      Proverbs 22:3 A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.

  17. JMCalabash says:

    I live in Ohio and they are saying it will be between July 7th and July 10th until our power is restored. It is in the high 90’s with heat advisories and warnings.

  18. Mary says:

    Hi Alvin,
    I live down the street where the utility poles came down yesterday during that horrible storm. Thank the Lord that no one was seriously injured or died. One pole came down on top of a cars windshield and severed a mans foot and he is said to be doing fine but in the hospital still. This was one of the worst storms that I can remember since living in Columbus, Oh., It was much more damaging than the hurricane that came through here in 2008. Thousands of people are without power and the temps were in the 90’s again. Power will be out for 5-7 days at least. So much damage, so very scary. I used to like thunderstorms but now they seem so very destructive and severe and unpredictable.
    Thank you keeping us all posted with the news and world events that are happening.
    I also just received your book, The Extinction Protocol and have started reading it. It is so good that I cannot put it down. So amazed at all the information and facts that you write about! I pray to God that he keeps us all in His care and watches over all of us in this chaotic time we are living in.
    God’s Blessings to you and all,

    • Atmospheric storm systems are becoming more violent and destructive. However, God’s protection and providence is unfailing – I can attest to that.
      I’m delighted you got the book. It promises to be a resourceful narrative guide to what’s unfolding across the planet.

      Thanks for writing me and please stay in touch

      Thoughts and prayers,


      • shawnta c. says:

        We have no power in bowie md…we saw bright blue flashes in the sky when the transformers must have blown…the wind shook the house and the lightning was constant…

      • That’s crazy…. Sorry, to hear about that Shawnta. It shows the need to organize a community network of some type.

        thoughts and prayers in the meantime,

  19. Ann G. says:

    I live in northeast Indiana. Wind gusts were clocked at 91 mph an hour in my town. I am 43 and have never felt fear from a storm like I did in Friday’s. I was at a friend’s house with 3 of my children and 2 nephews. It came up so suddenly and the wind and thunder were incredible. They had no basement and the house is not that sturdy. I made the executive decision to run my family to our SUV and drive like a bat out of hell the 2 miles to our house. I broke traffic laws getting home as we prayed out loud the whole way. I feared for our lives until all the kids were safely in our basement.

  20. Chris Lynchburg says:

    I live in Lynchburg va and watched the storm for the majority of the night. It was the highest wind I’ve seen in the 34 years that I’ve lived here. Electricity company says that power could be restored from 2 days to 2 weeks depending on location. The temperature here changed from 77 degrees to over 100 in two days which I believe to be the source of the violent system. I also saw the “fire in the sky” which my friend that watched with me, an Alaska resident for years, told me closely resbled the northern lights! Any explanation for the lights? I didn’t personally see any lightning strike the ground or hear thunder. We were stuck on our circle street trapped by downed trees on power lines at both ends. After we were able to get out and see the damage caused another friend best described it as “apocalyptic”! We have a 2 month old infant and are staying with friends with power but more storms are predicted for the week.

  21. Sheikh25 says:

    Had some really bad storms in the UK this week unreal scenes for Uk weather never seen storms like it.

  22. yamkin says:

    Nigeria: Lagos Flood – Tears, Sorrow As Lagosians Count Losses

  23. Dennis E. says:

    If this means anything to anyone, it saw this definition of the word Derecho, a spanish word, posted on another site, it means:
    Power still out in Washington?
    I thought I would share it you……………

    • Francisco Matamala says:

      Hi Dennis,

      Yes, “derecho” means all those things.. it also means “straight ahead” :)

      I thought it interesting that they would use a Spanish word to describe these storms; you’re right in commenting that some words convey a lot of different meanings.

      Here in Chile we’re no strangers to natural disasters. All our prayers and hopes go out to those of you in the path of these storms. As it happens with most things in life, hopefully some good will come of this, politicians will realize the need to invest in infrastructure and folks will begin opening their eyes and will preparing for what’s coming.

      Here, we’re ready for the quakes. :)

      Best wishes to all,

  24. beijaflor77 says:

    Second scary storm of the week for those of us in central Virginia…no sooner had we recovered from a violent storm on Monday than this “derecho” blew through. I hunkered down on the first floor of the house I share with my grandmother, and we watched, a little frightened, as the wind blew everything around outside. I normally enjoy thunderstorms, but after the last two we’ve had, I’ve gained a new-found respect for the forces of nature, and the violence and havoc they can wreak. I no longer feel safe from the effects of climate change. What’s happening is happening to all of us. I just wonder what’s coming next.

    Keep those without power in your prayers, folks—especially the elderly. I have a 93-year-old great uncle who lost his power, and he and his wife are having to endure the heat in their home out in rural southwestern Virginia. I pray they, and others like them, can hang on till power is restored.

    • Dennis E. says:

      Hello, you might want to consider after recovery to go on the internet and search for
      10-inch battery powered fans or go to a very large discount store and go to the place in the store where people like to buy camp out stuff…………
      Will help………………….
      have a nice day………………..

  25. Hope says:

    No significant damage in Hampton Roads. Hmmm…My 77 year old mother and I were in our home when 70 mph winds put a pine tree through it. We are now homeless. So are the residents of a 12 unit apartment building taken out by 1 large pine whipped through at high winds. I am a chronic pain sufferer with no family and in for a BIG fight w/insurance person. Yes, we are OK in body, but our spirits are tired.

    • Hope, I’m distressed on hearing about your situation. Though you were spared bodily injuries, what a terrible ordeal! I wish you a quick resolution to your crisis.You have our heartfelt prayers and thoughts of concern.

      God bless and refresh you,

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