Chris Strong, warning coordinator meteorologist at National Weather Service, talks about how weather forecasting has improved in the Washington Metro area.
Dr. Russell Schneider, director National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center, talks about the threat of wide-spread damaging winds being very real
Last year, a derecho caused at least $1 billion in damage from Chicago to Washington, killing 13 people and leaving more than 4 million people without power, according to the weather service. Winds reached nearly 100 mph in some places and in addition to the 13 people who died from downed trees, another 34 people died from the heat wave that followed in areas without power.
Dr. Ken Pryor, research meteorologist, NOAA, talks about the significant likelihood of another derecho event in the D.C. area tonight into tomorrow
Ed McDonough, with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, talks about storm preparation
Myra Oppel, Pepco spokeswoman, says the utility is watching the Midwest to gauge what to expect.
A massive line of storms packing hail, lightning and tree-toppling winds rolled through the Midwest Wednesday evening driving people into basements for shelter, tearing down power lines and causing flooding in low-lying areas. For Washington, Philadelphia and parts of the Mid-Atlantic the big storm risk continues and even increases a bit Thursday, according to the weather service. Here, lighting flashes over the Chicago skyline, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Eisen) bit.ly
A look at the 7-day forecast from ABC7. (Courtesy of WJLA)