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Jun 30, 2012 2:14 AM

One fatality as Mid-Atlantic storms knock out power to nearly 2M

WASHINGTON, DC - Police in Virginia say a woman was killed when a tree fell onto her home and they're responding to reports of other injuries stemming from violent storms that ravaged the mid-Atlantic region.

Fairfax County police spokeswoman Mary Ann Jennings says the woman was killed in the Springfield area during the height of the storm Friday night.

The wave of violent storms knocked out power to nearly 2 million people in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. It came after a day of sweltering heat, including a record-setting 104 degree reading in Washington, D.C.

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency.

Heavy winds were reported across the region, including speeds of 75 mph in Maryland.

Metro trains on the Washington-area subway system were being returned to their endpoints due to storm damage.

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