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Washington D.c. Storms Swipe Utilities on Sunday, July 25, 2010

Washington, DC area storms swipe utilities and wreak havok on hundreds of thousands of people on Sunday, July 25, 2010.  Residents have been without electricity since a series of fast moving and strong storms hit the DC metro area.  Residents can expect to be without electricity until Tuesday at the earliest and have been placed under mandatory water restrictions.  Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley reported to WTOP News that four large power substations and 69 smaller substations were knocked off-line by the storm and officials "have no good estimate right now as to when all of this power will be back on."

Residents in Northwest D.C., Shepherd Park, Silver Spring, Bethesda, Rockville, Potomac, and Landover can expect to be without power until Pepco traces downed power lines and restores service.

Trees were uprooted, roofs were ripped from many buildings, and two deaths were reported as high winds and heavy rain accompanied the violent storms.  Tornado warnings were issued at 3:45 p.m. by the National Weather Service though never confirmed. 

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