City Desk

Derecho 2.0 Could Arrive This Afternoon

Remember last June’s derecho—the powerful series of thunderstorms that ravaged the mid-Atlantic and left 1.2 million homes in the D.C. metro region without power? Well, another one might be on the way. A line of storms will head in our direction from the Midwest this afternoon and evening, possibly resulting in the formation of a derecho.

Bill Bunting, an operations chief at the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center, told the AP that the storm won’t be as strong as last year’s derecho, but that intense heat and widespread power outages are likely. The District’s risk of severe weather is 15 times greater than on a normal June day, he said, though the risk for cities like Chicago and Indianapolis is 45 times higher. According to Bunting, this threat is "pretty high."

For now, our skies are clear, but the storm could arrive as early as this afternoon, with ugly weather continuing through Thursday. It probably wouldn’t hurt to charge your phone and stock up on some bread in case parts of the city lose power. Regrettably, the second edition of Port City's Derecho Common lager, inspired by last summer's storm, will not be available for porch-sipping—its rerelease is scheduled for June 29.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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  • manacotti bootycheeks

    I hope we never have any more power outages or imma go streaking down the street and on the metro train

  • Loganite

    You know the local media has been chomping at the bit to use the term derecho again. Wait and see, I'll bet this is another "snow" job.

  • I Am Not A Liberal Democrat

    Faints at computer.

  • IAmNotALiberalDemocrat