Ohio Governor John Kasich today declared a state of emergency in Ohio after dangerous storms and strong winds swept through Friday resulting in power outages across nearly two-thirds of the state.
Violent storms that battered the eastern U.S. are being blamed for killing at least 10 people and leaving more than 3 million without power. At least six people were killed in Virginia; two in New Jersey; one in Maryland; and one in Ohio. Widespread power outages were reported in Washington, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, New Jersey and Ohio. Many are facing the possibility of temperatures near or above 100 degrees without electricity and air conditioning. In addition to declaring a state of emergency in Ohio, the governor announced the activation of the Emergency Operations Center in Columbus to assist residents.