Intense storms that sped across the Eastern Seaboard spun off tornadoes that killed one person in Virginia and destroyed homes and injured at least 50 people in Baltimore suburbs.
Thursday's storms poured rain into the halls of Congress in Washington, D.C., and left tens of thousands of people without electricity from Virginia to the New York City area.The storm system, although strong, passed quickly through most areas, and Friday's forecast called for generally fair weather and reduced winds.
Some homes in Baltimore's suburbs were condemned early Friday after a tornado ripped through the area, tearing off roofs and tossing uprooted trees through the air.
In Virginia, the storm system produced two tornadoes, the weather service said. One took the life of a farmer and left a trail of damage across the state.
Russell Martin, 73, was crushed to death when the old wooden barn in which he took cover was shattered by a tornado early Thursday night, King William County Sheriff W. Wayne Healy said.
The storm front dropped six inches of rain in Albemarle County before it headed to sea.
Storms hit Washington, D.C., with 60 mph winds that knocked down trees. Heavy rain poured through the west side of the Capitol dome and into the Rotunda, forcing workers to cover a half-dozen statues with plastic sheeting.
Utility companies said as many as 80,000 customers lost power in the District of Columbia and neighboring Virginia.
Another 80,000 homes in Baltimore lost power as winds of 75 mph or more blew down utility lines, and power was also out in parts of Delaware.
Fifty to 70 people were believed hurt in Baltimore, authorities said,
In Reston, Va., residents of the Southgate condominium complex said winds toppled trees and ripped holes in the roofs of several homes.