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People in the Mid-Atlantic region, from Maryland through DC to Virginia and West Virginia suffered a string of storms with high winds. The “land hurricane” came out of nowhere and left about 3 million people without power initially in sweltering high temperatures with high humidity.

Currently, as of this writing, about 1 million people are still without electricity. Especially hard hit is DC itself which, last night, June 30th into July 1, was shrouded in darkness.

As an aside, political campaigns, including both Romney and Obama, continued to crank out fund-raising emails to people hard-hit by the storms causing many to be offeended. The Romney camp sent out one email while the Obama campaign sent out two emails. People running for Congress, Senate, and State offices also sent fund-raising emails.

In DC as many as 789,000 were without power, half are still without power, and much of the federal government’s buildings in the city remain without external power, though on-site generators are keeping vital areas powered.

In some locations, gas stations are without gas and people have to drive out of the area to get fuel.

People are gathering at local restaurants of places like Starbucks or at cooling stations and pools to beat the head: many are posting online after connecting to the web via local coffee shop that still have power and are posting pictures.

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President Obama called the governors of Maryland and Virginia, who declared a state of emergency after the storms, to promise Federal assistance.

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