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Two massive storms in the past five months have caused widespread outages and even an emergency system failure. The question now: Does new technology leave people more vulnerable to emergency system failures and the dangers that go with them?
A draft report presented to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Wednesday recommends a series of changes in response to the June derecho that knocked out the 911 system in Northern Virginia.
Government workers packed onto commuter trains and tourists flocked to the National Mall on Wednesday in the nation's capital, where there were few signs of the dangerous hybrid storm that blew through 36 hours before.
One new Maryland law requires drivers to stop at dark intersections. The other changes the requirements involving child safety seats.
Unless utilities fundamentally change how they distribute energy, they won't be able to restore power to all customers within 24 hours after a hurricane-like storm, officials told Maryland regulators on Thursday.
The failure of a large portion of the region's 911 emergency system after the derecho in June has produced another investigation.
The severe windstorm that roared southeast from the Great Lakes into the Mid-Atlantic in June was an extreme weather event for the Washington, D.C. metro area. The storm system left extensive tree damage in its wake and more than one million people were without power.
Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end of summer -- and it'll be one that Washingtonians will find hard to forget. Not only the soaring temperatures, but the intense storms like June's Derecho.
After reviewing its response to June's destructive derecho, Dominion Virginia Power says widespread, severe damage slowed power restoration.
Almost two months after the derecho ripped through the region leaving more than one million customers without power, an investigation by regulators into how utilities handled the storm is moving into a new phase.