After almost one week after a so-called "derecho"-type storm passed through the Mid-Atlantic Area, severely damaging residential neighborhoods and disrupting businesses, about 1 million households, mainly in Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia, are still without power.
Many DC area residents have taken to municipal pools and the museums on the Washington Mall to cool off amid the sweltering heat and find refuge from less severe follow-up storms.
For what promises to be an unusual Independence Day for many in the affected areas by the "derecho" storm, the National Weather Service has issued excessive heat warnings for additional several states, including Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
The power outages also briefly interrupted popular web services, such as Pinterest, Instagram, Netflix, and also Amazon's AWS web service unit.
It will likely not be before the beginning of next week that many businesses in the DC and Baltimore metropolitan areas will be back to their regular operational schedules.