US Storms Kill 12, Cause Widespread Power Outages

Violent storms that battered the eastern U.S. are being blamed for killing at least 12 people and leaving more than 3 million without power.
Violent storms are being blamed for the deaths of at least nine people and widespread power outages. Many in the eastern U.S. are facing triple-digit temperatures without electricity -- and without air conditioning.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said six deaths had been blamed on the storm in that state. Another was killed by a falling tree in Maryland, while two others were killed by a falling tree in New Jersey.

In addition to the heat, officials say cell phone coverage is spotty. Many residents were asked to conserve water because sewage stations had been without power for a time. Authorities also cautioned people to drive carefully because tree limbs littered roads and hundreds of traffic signals were out. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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