Death toll from Friday's storms rises to 17

1:23 AM, Jul 2, 2012   |    comments
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FRANCONIA, Va. -- The severe weather that began Friday in the East is being blamed for 17 deaths, most from trees falling on homes and cars.

Three people were killed Sunday in eastern North Carolina when sudden storms hit there.

Coast Guard officials say they have suspended the search for a man who went missing early Saturday while boating during the storm off Maryland.

Other deaths have been reported in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., New Jersey and Ohio.

Some 2.7 million people in the mid-Atlantic region are still without power, sweltering without air conditioning and trying to keep food from spoiling. Stoplights across the region were still out, leading some to wonder how bad the Monday morning commute might be. 

Another round of storms is heading into the same area of the mid-Atlantic. At the National Forecast Desk in Camp Springs, Maryland, forecast Bob Oravec says these storms do not appear to be as strong as the earlier assault, but could cause additional power outages and delay restoration efforts already underway.

A severe thunderstorm watch is posted for much of Virginia, West Virginia and Southeastern Kentucky as the storms push through.

In the meantime, Oravec says the Eastern part of the country will get no break this week from the heat, and that means more storms are likely as the cycle of hot weather remains unbroken.

(Associated Press)

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