Storms knock out power to thousands from Plains to Northeast

 
July 27, 2012NEW YORK - 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. “Trees were bending sideways,” a man in New Jersey says. 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. 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. -CNN 
Storm fatalities: Two people were dead and more than 100,000 homes and businesses in New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania were without electricity Friday morning after severe thunderstorms swept through the region late Thursday. The storms spawned a tornado that touched down in Elmira, New York, toppling trees and tearing off roofs, the National Weather Service said. Officials in Pennsylvania and New York reported two storm-related deaths. A woman who was camping in Genesee, Pennsylvania, near the New York State line, was killed when she took refuge from the storm in her car and a tree then fell on it, John Hetrick, director of emergency services for Potter County, said. In New York City, a 61-year-old man in Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill neighborhood was killed when scaffolding at a church collapsed on him as the storm passed through near 8 p.m., police said. “It’s possible that lightning struck the top of the roof, causing some bricks to fall on top of the scaffolding, causing the scaffolding to fall on top of the victim,” a police spokesman said. –Reuters
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10 Responses to Storms knock out power to thousands from Plains to Northeast

  1. Wendy says:

    Alvin I have a question..does the lightening that appears horizontally have a specific name that you know of? I see it here in this photo and I also observed the same from my own home the other day, it appeared almost straight and horizontal, I don’t recall having seen that before or should I say noticed it…hugs xox

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  2. richfish30 says:

    I think this abnormal heat is causing these destructive and powerful storms. Which is driving our once normal and nonviolent storms into monster storms!!

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  3. Irene C says:

    Our area here in North Central Ohio was spared most of the storm. Ten minutes of rain, thunder, and lightening (no wind). Areas up by the lake and down in central and Southern areas were hit hard though. What I found interesting is that this is being called a serial derecho. Instead of coming in as one long c-shaped front, it came in as a series of smaller c-shaped fronts so the damage area was more hit-and-miss. Another interesting note is that we have had fewer tornadoes this year than what the average would be and more derecho storms, which can actually cause more wide-spread damage. That’s why derecho warnings need to be taken as seriously as tornado warnings. Now I’m just waiting to see what the tropical season will bring, since we had such an early start.

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  4. James says:

    I heard about those storms earlier today. I hope we get some rain and and thunderstorms here.

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  5. suz says:

    Storm leaves thousands without power in eastern Ontario as well….a band of storms moved through at the same time. A few tornados touched down. Environment Canada said winds at the speeds witnessed are just as damaging as tornado winds. Lots of damage caused by the storms.

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  6. Lilly says:

    I’ve noticwd that Washington’s and New York’s violent storms seem to correlate (or occur) around the same time as their earth tremors…?

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  7. onthemark55 says:

    Pictures look like outtakes from Ghostbusters movies! “Who you gonna call……..JESUS!!!!!

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