An uprooted tree in Washington on Saturday.
An uprooted tree in Washington on Saturday. Photo by AFP
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WASHINGTON - Violent storms that swept the eastern U.S. left at least nine people dead, authorities said on Saturday, while more than 2 million people were without power overnight on one of the hottest days on record.

Six people were reported killed in Virginia, including a 90-year-old woman asleep in bed when a tree slammed into her home. Two young cousins in New Jersey were killed when a tree fell on their tent while camping.

Police in Maryland said a man was killed when a tree fell onto his car.

Hundreds of thousands in Washington, D.C., and other areas were still largely without power - and without air conditioning - yesterday as temperatures were expected to top 100 degrees (40 degrees Celsius ) across the region.

On Friday, the capital reached 104 degrees - beating a record of 101 set in 1934.

As of yesterday, Pepco was reporting 406,000 power outages in the District of Columbia and Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland.