Storms Wreak Havoc as Heat Wave Hits Delmarva

Jul 2, 2012

More than 22-hundred Delmarva Power customers remain without electricity early this morning in the wake of weekend storms that left tens of thousands without power in the midst of a stifling heat wave.

Most of the remaining outages are in Cecil and Kent counties in Maryland where more than 1,700 remained out service this morning.

About 200 are out in New Castle County and only a couple dozen in Kent and Sussex counties in Delaware.

Even with the quick storm that passed through the region today temperatures are still expected to approach the 100 mark.

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley issued a state of emergency declaration this weekend as the state cleans up from the thunderstorms.

The Governor said that President Obama did call him last Saturday night to check on the damage from storms that hit Friday.

Last night federal and state officials in the mid-Atlantic region gave many workers the option of staying home today to ease congestion on the roads.

Maryland’s governor also gave state workers wide leeway for staying away from the office.

The storm was blamed for 14 deaths in region – two in Maryland with most of them resulting from trees falling on homes and cars.

Meanwhile, Coast Guard officials say they have suspended the search for a man who went missing early Saturday while boating during the storm off Maryland