8 Die in Severe Weather

    An uprooted tree caused damage to electrical lines and a home in the American University neighborhood of Washington, DC, on June 30, 2012 the morning after a violent storm swept through the area. The fast-moving line of dangerous storms left four people dead and knocked out power to more than 1.5 million customers in the Washington metropolitan area late June 29, according to media reports. The storms produced hurricane-force winds in excess of 80mph (128kph).  AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages)


    Raging storms swept the Washington, D.C., area Friday night, claiming at least two lives and knocking out electricity for more than 3.6 million residents. Five people in Tennessee and Missouri are thought to have died earlier on Friday from the stifling heat. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin of West Virginia declared a state of emergency, saying, “The damage from today’s storms is widespread and in many places severe.” A state of emergency was also declared in Virginia. Officials were investigating the deaths in Tennessee and Missouri, including that of a baby and two young boys, to determine if they were related to the heat. The storm was followed by further sizzling temperatures in many states on Saturday.

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