A Tree is uprooted during a thunderstorm damaging a house on the 600 block of N. Bradford St. Thursday, June 13, 2013 in Dover, Del. A massive storm system that started in the Upper Midwest and plowed across the country was hitting the Mid-Atlantic Thursday, causing widespread power outages and flash flooding, but still largely failing to live up to its fierce billing. (AP Photo/The Wilmington News-Journal, Gary Emeigh) NO SALES
WASHINGTON (AP) — A massive storm system that started in the Upper Midwest brought soaking rains and heavy winds to the Mid-Atlantic Thursday, causing widespread power outages, flash flooding and extensive flight delays, but largely failing to live up to its fierce billing.
The severe weather was also blamed for two deaths.
The storm came and went in the Washington, D.C., area ahead of the evening rush hour, bringing winds and thunder that knocked trees onto houses, cut power to thousands of homes and traffic signals and led to the brief closure of a bridge that connects to the beaches on Maryland’s Eastern shore.
Three tornadoes were reported in Maryland, though there were no immediate reports that they caused significant damage.
“The wind was pretty bad. It was just a squall that came through really fast,” said Jim Estes, director of instruction at a golf driving range in Olney, a Washington suburb where one tornado was reported.
In Richmond, Va., a 4-year-old boy was fatally struck by a tree that toppled while he was visiting a park with his father. Capt. Emmett Williams of the Richmond police said the boy was crushed by an old yellow tulip poplar tree that became uprooted from rain-soaked grounds during heavy winds and rains. The father was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Maymont Park board member Mary Lynn Bayliss said workers with bullhorns were scrambling around the 100 acres of preserved woodlands and gardens to try to Login to read more