UPDATE (July 2):
Utilities in Ohio, Virginia and Maryland described damage to their power grids as catastrophic. Read more, here.
Many regions in the United States are in the grips of a terrible heat wave, which is lethal on the elderly, the very young, and the sick. Emergencies have been declared in Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, the District of Columbia and Virginia.
Here’s the U.S. heat map:
Like other parts of the United States, Washington D.C. too is in extreme heat, made worse by power outages.
More than 1 million customers in the D.C. area lost power during Friday night’s powerful storms. Cell phone service also crashed.
The Washington Post reports this morning that half of Montgomery County households are without power and ongoing 9-1-1 problems continue across Northern Virginia. Power company officials said although most customers would have power by Tuesday, everyone will not have electricity restored for another week!
One cannot help but find ominous this photo of D.C. enshrouded in darkness:
“For there is no sincerity in their mouth;
their hearts are corrupt.
Their throats are open graves;
on their tongues are subtle lies.
Declare them guilty, God;
make them fall by their own devices.
Drive them out for their many sins;
they have rebelled against you.” (Psalm 5)