One million people are currently without power in the D.C., Maryland, and Virgina are a powerful storm ripped through the area last night. Power may not be turned on for several days leaving everyone facing the severe heatwave alone. Two people were already killed last night as a result of trees falling. Read more below.


A fast-moving, aggressive thunderstorm system known as a derecho barreled through the nation’s capital Friday evening causing wind damage and extensive power outages throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Electricity was knocked out to more than 1 million customers who face the prospect of several days without power in a middle of a heat wave, according to WRC-TV/NBC4.

According to the National Weather Service, one person was killed in Springfield, Va., when a tree fell on a car. A second person was killed in Springfield when a tree hit a house, according to WRC-TV.

The NWS placed much of Virginia, the District of Columbia and portions of Maryland under a severe thunderstorm watch on Friday evening. As the storm pushed from Ohio and through West Virginia and into Maryland and Virginia, numerous severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for impacted counties.

The storm cleared the D.C. region by 11:30 p.m. as it headed east across Chesapeake Bay to Maryland’s Eastern Shore.