Powerful storms left at least five dead and more than two million people without power from Indiana to New Jersey. Making matters worse, the temperatures are expected to reach into the 100s again today for much of the Mid-Atlantic. People are doing what they can to remain cool with some going to malls and hotels to escape the heat in their houses.
The storms that struck the Mid-Atlantic have already caused Ohio Governor John Kasich to declare a state of emergency as power was cut across roughly two-thirds of the state.
Governor Kasich stated that “I’m very concerned with the problems created by the combination of power outages and severe heat, and so I’ve declared an emergency for all of Ohio so that state resources and personnel can help local governments meet the needs and challenges that they face. Ohioans in affected areas should, if possible, stay tuned to their radios or TVs for information on where they can go for assistance. Those without power can call their local 211 numbers for information on where to turn for help. Folks should also knock on their neighbors’ doors to make sure they’re ok and look out for those who they know might need some extra help. Together we’ll get through this.”
The state has already been in touch with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and is set to request aid if needed.
Much of Washington DC was also without power today, and the bad news is that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA was predicted more violent weather was likely to hit the DC area, and much of the area hit yesterday by the violent storms. Winds in the storm were expected to reach upwards of 75mph.