Violent thunderstorms disrupt a.m. Amtrak service to Washington D.C.

    Last night’s violent thunderstorms are to blame for power outages and transportation service interruptions across the northeastern United States.

    The AP reports that power outages have been reported from Indiana to New Jersey. And because of service interruptions, Amtrak has temporarily suspended service from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia until at least mid-morning.

    Washington D.C. saw some of the most severe storms, causing its Metrorail train cars to be returned to their stations.

    “It has had a widespread effect on the region,” said Metro spokesman Dan Stessel. About 17 train stations were operating on backup power due to local power.

    Officials anticipate service should be up and running later this morning.

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