Recapping the derecho, eight years later

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If you ask folks about the derecho that hit the Commonwealth on June 29th, 2012, they more than likely remember where they were and how it impacted the region.

A derecho is defined as a line of storms that is long lived and tracks over 240 miles the generates gusts at 60+ mph or more for the length of the event. That happened here on the 29th of June in 2012.

Unfortunately, the storm occurred during a very lengthy heatwave with temps averaging over 100°F for a few days before and for almost 10 days after the line pushed through Virginia. People without power were unable to keep cool with air conditioners and fans.

WFXR Chief Meteorologist John Carroll recaps a night many of us who lived through this event won’t soon forget.

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