On June 29th, residents in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and Washington D.C. experienced a mega storm with winds as high as 80 mph which is unusual for area. With over 2 million people without electricity, many went without power for a week or more.
In towns across West Virginia residents purchased gasoline to run generators to help with the heat wave so that they could have air conditioning and food refrigeration. Many lost much of their food the first couple of days due to the outage. Outside sources like the Red Cross brought in food and water. A state of emergency was issued for West Virginia and the surrounding states.
No sooner did the power and electricity return than a new storm knocked it out again. Power companies scrambled again to send crews out to restore power.
On July 8th another damaging storm hit the area. Microbursts in Fredericksburg, VA, caused damage that mimicked that of a tornado. Residents in the Mid Atlantic region are hoping for a break in the weather pattern. Over a dozen have been reported as having lost their lives due to these recent storms. West Virginia was one of the hardest hit. Some are still without electricity.