Homes and businesses across Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia lost power June 29 as one of the most powerful and punishing storms in months swept across the region.
These satellite images provided by NASA Earth Observatory, using data from the NASA/NOAA satellite S-NPP, show the Mid-Atlantic cities of Washington and Baltimore before an after electrical outages following severe summer storms. The top image, made June 28, 2012, shows normal light display in the area. In the bottom image, made June 30, 2012, extensive power outages in Washington and Baltimore are visible, while clouds obscure the lights of Philadelphia and other areas north and east of Baltimore.AP
Between 9:30 and 11 p.m. Friday night, one of the most destructive complexes of thunderstorms in memory swept through the entire D.C. area. Packing wind gusts of 60-80 mph, the storm produced extensive damage, downing hundreds of trees, and leaving more than 1 million area-residents without power.