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Jun 13, 2013 — A massive storm system moved through the upper Midwest on Wednesday and early Thursday. Now it's bearing down on the Mid-Atlantic. It hasn't been as severe as feared, but is still bringing high winds, hard rain and some hail.
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Jun 12, 2013 — The National Storm Prediction Center is predicting "widespread damaging winds and a few strong tornadoes" from the middle Mississippi Valley east to the upper Ohio Valley and lower Great Lakes regions. The powerful system is expected to hit the mid-Atlantic Wednesday.
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Jul 27, 2012 — It didn't leave behind as much destruction or as many downed power lines as the storm that rolled over states from the Midwest through the Mid-Atlantic on June 30, but some news outlets are saying the summer's second derecho struck on Thursday.
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Jul 6, 2012 — Power outages resulting from last week's storms are still making it difficult for many people in the Mid-Atlantic to feed themselves. But perishables from many grocery stores and restaurants have been making their way into the hands of the hungry through food pantries.
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Jul 5, 2012 — Though there's some good news about progress fighting fires in the West and restoring power in the East, that's small comfort to millions who are still suffering.
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Jul 3, 2012 — Many towns, counties and cities are canceling fireworks celebrations or banning personal use of fireworks. But the show is set to go on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Want to get in a patriotic mood? Check the PBS video from 2007.
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Jul 3, 2012 — From the Great Lakes through the Mid-Atlantic, there's no relief from the heat in sight. Meanwhile, utility crews are struggling to get power to those who lost it because of the huge damage caused by Friday's severe weather.
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Jul 2, 2012 — What's "a widespread, long-lived wind storm that is associated with a band of rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms" that can stretch along a straight path for hundreds of miles? It's a derecho. One just pummeled states in the East.
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Jul 2, 2012 — About 2.7 million people from the mid-Atlantic west to Ohio are entering a third day without power and with temperatures well above 90 degrees. For some, the electricity may not be on until the coming weekend.
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Jun 30, 2012 — A huge system of thunderstorms called a derecho plows through several midwestern and southern states, killing several people, causing heavy damage and cutting electricity to millions. More bad weather is predicted.
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