Deadly East Coast Storms Leave Millions Without Power
By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG and MARC SANTORA
Published: June 30, 2012
WASHINGTON — Millions of people without electricity struggled through the scorching heat on Saturday after a deadly string of thunderstorms whipped through the mid-Atlantic region the night before, downing trees and power lines, and killing at least 12 people, including a 90-year-old woman who died when a tree fell on her house as she slept.
Brendan Hoffman for The New York Times
The damage was most severe in the Washington suburbs of Northern Virginia and Maryland, where some residents huddled in their basements as the storm ripped through the area, blowing down trees, upending lawn furniture and tearing off roof shingles.
“It came on very suddenly,” said Laurie Singer, a resident in a heavily wooded area of Potomac, Md. Her home has large plate-glass windows, and she spent 45 minutes huddled in the bathtub, listening as the huge oak trees outside slapped against the glass.
“It was a very short burst of heavy rain and then you heard this swooshing sound, and it was the wind,” she said. “I actually felt the house shaking.”
But after the storms dissipated on Saturday, the heat set in. Temperatures soared into the triple digits in some places. With utility crews struggling, people across the mid-Atlantic faced the prospect of days without electricity.Read More...
Bits Blog: Amazon Web Services Knocked Offline by Storms (June 30, 2012)
East Coast storm rocks Netflix, Instagram, Pinterest (LAtimes.com)
A massive thunderstorm near the nation's capital Friday night knocked Netflix, Instagram and Pinterest offline for a few hours.
The three companies suffered major interruptions to their Web services to people everywhere after the huge storm knocked the power from an Amazon data center that the sites rely on. The companies took to social networks to tell their users what was happening.
The problems reportedly lasted six hours. All three services were working by Saturday afternoon.
Amazon said the storm caused its data center to lose power, according to the Associated Press.
"Severe thunderstorms caused us to lose primary and backup generator power to an Availability Zone in our east region overnight,” an Amazon spokeswoman said, according to Wired. “We have restored service to most of our impacted customers and continue to work to restore service for our remaining impacted customers.”
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