Storms, heat and fire throughout the country
Much of the nation seeing the affects of Mother Nature
We aren't the only ones feeling the wrath of Mother Nature. Fires, summer storms and a heat wave are just some of the things the rest of the country is dealing with. To add to that, many more storms are on the way.
More storms are heading into the same area of the mid-Atlantic that took a beating Friday night. The good news is the National Weather Service said the new storms don't appear to be as severe as the earlier ones.
Right now a severe thunderstorm watch is posted for much of Virginia, West Virginia and Southeastern Kentucky.
So far 17 deaths are blamed on the storm, mostly from trees falling on cars and homes and nearly 2.7 million people are still without electricity
More than 200 workers are going to Ohio and Maryland to help restore power. Those with out power are also dealing with crippling heat.
Forecasters said high temperatures should remain in the 90s and 100s in many states on Monday and possibly throughout the week.
All of this heat reminds us of something most take for granted and has become a valuable commodity for some.
Big smiles came for a small simplicity at an ice giveaway at a grocery store in Arlington, Virginia, where many remained without power after an onslaught of stormy weather fueled by a brutal heat wave.That brought many, like Sahri Bonet, to the grocery store.
"There's no ice like nowhere," Bonet said. "We went to at least, like, five supermarkets around here and they have no ice."
The storms battered several states from the Ohio valley to New Jersey. Several fatalities were reported, including a 27-year-old man who died in Springfield, Virginia when his vehicle was hit by a tree.
Ellie Blackwell was also in Springfield and shared her experience.
"The wind just suddenly hit," Blackwell said. "It was just a whoosh sound. It was really intense. I ran inside, had just put my stuff down, trying to figure out what I was going to do and then I just heard the tree go thump."
800+ temperature records were broken this past weekend.
It all hits close to home for Bonet, now near her breaking point without power.
"I hate it. It's horrible," Bonet said. "All our phones are dead right now in case of an emergency. We can't make a call or anything."
While the east deals with heat, firefighters out west near Colorado Springs said they're confident they'll be able to stop a 26-square-mile wildfire from spreading in many areas.
More evacuation orders have been lifted for people who had to flee and people who lived in some of the most affected areas have been allowed temporary visits to their neighborhoods.
One Colorado Springs family is still coping with losing their home to the fire.
"We feel maybe it would have been more hard, more difficult for us if part of the house was there and that we were going to have to salvage through things. When we talked to the commissioner, we were thinking we were going to have to rent a U-Haul or something to haul stuff away and that's just not the case because there's nothing left."
About 7,000 more people were allowed to return to their homes on Sunday night.
At the peak of the Waldo Creek fire that broke out last week, more than 30,000 people were forced from their homes.
The fire is now 45 percent contained.
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