Remembering the 2012 Derecho

The storm uprooted trees and caused power outages for days.

Two-years after the derecho blasted through the region.
Two-years after the derecho blasted through the region.
Where were you two years ago?

If you were in Virginia, Maryland or Washington, D.C., odds are you were in the dark.

And odds are even better that you added a new word to your vocabulary: "Derecho."

Sunday marked the two-year anniversary of the storm that gave the region a steamy, soggy beat down, which left tens of thousands of people without power for days.

Here's what people have been saying two years later.

runymede June 30, 2014 at 08:24 AM
Man....I will never forget this storm. I remember watching the weather forecast on a local TV station. The weatherman showed, on the national map. a long straight line of thunderstorms, several hundreds miles long, beginning in Illinois, and heading towards our area. The weatherman did not called this a Derecho, but strong storms. When it got here, it struck our area with a full force that I had never seen before. With heavy rain as expected but the wind was so strong that I thought our tree would break in half. The continuous and incredibly strong wind with the heavy rain lasted for at least 45 minutes. I remember looking out the door, with door halfway open, and saying to myself, I better close this door or the window would shattered and the pieces flown into my face. During the course of this Derecho, I remember thinking, what the hell is this ? It was scary.
nancy w June 30, 2014 at 05:35 PM
i was at work, in a large house off Gude Drive. We all assembled in the old unfinished basement. It took me a half hour to do the 5 minute drive to my mother's house later that evening. The huge oak at teh end of my street took the full brunt of the storm and fell over; its root system was massive. I was shaken up for days after that derecho.
Amy June 30, 2014 at 07:33 PM
I remember that when I got home from work around 7, the storm was still in Ohio, so my roommate and I went out to do some shopping. When we got back, the wind was picking up, and when I took the shopping bags back out to the car, the trees lining the parking lot were dancing. That's the only way I can describe it. They were not swaying; they were dancing jigs.


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