More than a 150,000 homes and businesses were still in the dark Tuesday night, more than 24 hours after ferocious storms pummeled much of the Eastern US – leaving two people dead, homes without roofs and drivers stranded for hours.
A 28-year-old man died Monday after he was struck by lightning in a parking lot in Florence, Alabama, police said. Authorities have not identified him.
In South Carolina, 15-year-old Evan Christopher Kinley was killed when a falling tree struck him outside his grandparents’ home in Anderson County, the county coroner’s office said.
In Westminster, Maryland, dozens of people were trapped in cars for up to five and a half-hours Monday after severe weather toppled power lines onto the vehicles on Route 140, state police said.
Drivers waited for hours while crews worked to de-energize the power lines to get them out.
Jeffrey Campbell was on his way home from work when a utility pole came down on vehicles in front of him, trapping him for hours with live wires on the ground on either side of his truck, he said. The wire to his right took out his exterior mirror, he said.
“It’s just poles coming down one after the other,” he said.
Eventually, 33 adults and 14 children were rescued. No injuries were reported, police said.
Another round of storms Tuesday
The storms that hammered Philadelphia all the way down to Atlanta on Monday may be long gone, but millions of people remained at risk for severe weathe