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From the archives: Derecho 2012
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From the archives: Derecho 2012

On June 29, 2012, a highly destructive storm called a derecho swept across the Midwest and into the mid-Atlantic states, causing widespread damage and millions of power outages.

Locally, the violent 75-mph winds caused the largest power outage in Appalachian Power's history. More than 70,000 customers in the Lynchburg area lost electricity, including 27,000 in Lynchburg alone — more than three-quarters of APCo's customers in the region. At least six people in Virginia died because of the weather, including a Bedford County couple.

Trees and debris damaged many homes, businesses and roads while residents flocked to restaurants, stores and gas stations. Numerous cooling shelters were opened in Lynchburg and surrounding counties to give those affected by the outages relief from a heat wave that accompanied the storm.

Here is a look at photos from that time.


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