Millions of people across nine states were reeling without power Saturday to deal with thermostat-popping temperatures after fierce thunderstorms pounded parts of the Midwest and Atlantic Seaboard.
Joseph Rigby, president of electric company Pepco, said it could be a week before power is fully back up in some areas of Washington D.C. “Given the damage, you can understand this is going to take some time,” he said. “The wild card is the weather.”
The storms raced east Friday from Indiana through Ohio and into West Virginia and the nation’s capital.In all, 3.6 million homes were without power Saturday morning; nearly 1 million in Virginia alone.
This all happens as a piece of the picture during a June heat wave with only a couple of precedents. Now we have a super-derecho in that context.
Let’s hope the statistics never get sound enough to solve THAT attribution problem. Because if super-derechos start to become even a an occasional habit of the system over the US (or some other region), that would be a huge climate change. If they become frequent enough to build statistical arguments about, well, then the “settled” question of science will be a secondary concern to coping with the damn things.
My question for the P3 community: Has a derecho ever cause widespread electrical outages across a dozen states before?