Thursday, February 25, 2016

Powerful storm hits US East Coast, killing at least 3

A powerful storm system on Wednesday hit the US east coast after striking Gulf states on Tuesday, killing at least three people in Virginia and causing mass power outages across the region.

According to the National Weather Service, severe weather conditions could last into Wednesday evening and millions of people were somehow at risk.

"Strong winds throughout the atmosphere in association with this system will support rotating thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes," said Ariel Cohen, a Weather Service forecaster.

The Virginia State Police said on Wednesday that three people were killed in a small town called Waverly, where a tornado left windows shattered and roads impassable.

Meanwhile, more than 10,000 homes and businesses in the Washington, D.C. area lost power and the National Weather Service had issued a tornado watch for the entire D.C. area nearly midnight.

On Tuesday, the storm system spawned about 10 tornadoes in southeast Louisiana, southwest Mississippi and Florida, according to local TV station ABC13, killing at least three people and injuring more than 30 others.

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  1. 85,000 Affected by Power Outage Across Virginia and North Carolina...

    Authorities said thousands of power outages were reported in and around Hampton Roads amid a storm system that has wreaked havoc in the region. Dominion Power posted on its website that 85,000 customers were affected across Virginia and northern North Carolina.

    About 32,000 people were still without power as of Wednesday evening as crews work to repair the outages in their areas. The most affected in Hampton Roads include Chesapeake, the Peninsula, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg. Over 1,400 outages have been reported in Hampton and there were almost 3,700 outages in Virginia Beach.

    Officials from Dominion Power said majority of the reported damage included downed power lines, trees on power lines and some broken poles and crossarms. Meanwhile, dispatchers in Virginia Beach said there were three transformer fires in the 2000 block of Cheshire Forest Ct, Indian River Road and in the 3900 block of Holland Road.


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