More than 200,000 homes and businesses were left without power after severe thunderstorms swept through parts of the United States on Thursday, June 28, 2018. One man was killed in a storm-related accident in Lineville, Alabama.  Strong winds and heavy rain affected areas from mid-Mississippi Valley to the Gulf Coast on Thursday, downing trees and power lines and leaving over 200,000 people without power.

As of 13:00 UTC on June 29, more than 56,000 customers were still without power in Alabama, 42,000 in Illinois, 24,000 in Missouri, 13,000 in Minnesota and 9,600 in Oregon, according to Almost all of Thursday’s outages were in Alabama where a 70-year-old woman from Huntsville was struck by lightning. State emergency officials confirm that they transported her to the Huntsville Hospital Trauma Unit. READ MORE