NEW YORK (
) -- Powerful storms pummeled the eastern U.S. on Friday evening, killing at least 12 people and knocking out power to more than 3 million people, according to the
The power outages are worrisome because they leave homes and businesses without air conditioning on a day of near-triple-digit temperatures. At midafternoon Saturday, it was 96 degrees in Washington.
As of Saturday afternoon, the storms were believed responsible for 12 deaths, according to the
: six in Virginia; two in New Jersey; two in Maryland; one in Ohio; and one in Washington.
Workers were attempting to remove downed tree limbs and restore electricity in affected areas, the
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The loss of power also caused headaches for some businesses, as the
suffered server outages related to the storm.
All three companies rely on
Web services unit.
This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.