PHOTOS: Today marks anniversary of 2012 derecho windstorm

COLUMBUS (WCMH)–On June 29, 2012, many homes and businesses lost power in the middle of a sweltering heat wave in the wake of a violent squall line that struck around 5:00pm in Franklin County.

This was the first time many had ever heard the term “derecho” used in a weather report. The massive bow-shaped squall line was propelled by exceptionally strong winds, with gusts reaching 82 mph in the Columbus area, 87 mph in northwestern Ohio, and 91 mph at Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The storm knocked down thousands of trees that toppled power lines, knocking out power to more than a million customers in Ohio alone. Storm damage totaled $2.8 billion in Ohio, and one person was killed by a falling tree.

The storm complex raced southeastward to the Atlantic coast later early on June 30, wreaking havoc in Maryland and Virginia. Thirteen people died in the storm pattern that left a nearly continuous pattern of damage from Indiana to Virginia, with the strongest winds reported in northeastern Indiana through central Ohio.

Many homes in Ohio were without power for up to five days after the storm, casting out food that spoiled in the heat and humidity that persisted in the wake of the violent storm.

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