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Summer storms leave 2 million people without power (+video)

As of Monday morning, around 2 million customers along the East Coast and as far west as Illinois remained without power. Since Friday, severe weather has been blamed for at least 17 deaths,

Powerful storms caused widespread power outages in Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, Ohio, West Virginia, New Jersey and Indiana Much of the region is also in the midst of a scorching heat wave. CBS News' Sharyl Attkisson reports.
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A weekend without electricity was already trying for millions in the sweltering, storm-swept mid-Atlantic region. But Monday morning brings another grim challenge when many embark on a difficult commute over roads with darkened stoplights and likely mass-transit delays.

To alleviate congestion around Baltimore and Washington, federal and state officials gave many workers the option of staying home Monday. Federal agencies will be open in Washington, but non-emergency employees have the option of taking leave or working from home. Maryland's governor also gave state workers wide leeway for staying out of the office.

As of Monday morning, around 2 million customers across a swath of states along the East Coast and as far west as Illinois remained without power. That left many to contend with stifling homes and spoiled food over the weekend as temperatures approached or exceeded 100 degrees, and utility officials said the power will likely be out for several more days. Since Friday, severe weather has been blamed for at least 17 deaths, most from trees falling on homes and cars.

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There were more than 400 signal outages in Maryland on Monday, including more than 330 in hard-hit Montgomery County outside the nation's capital, according to the State Highway Administration. There were 100 signal outages in northern Virginia late Sunday afternoon, and 65 roads were closed, although most were secondary roads.

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