Without warning, on the evening of Friday, June 29, a massive straight line wind storm traveled 700 miles across 10 states. Heavy rain and winds in excess of 75 miles per hour toppled trees causing widespread damage and outages. With temperatures in excess of 100 degrees, utility companies are racing to restore power to more than four million customers who've been left without modern conveniences like air-conditioning and refrigeration.
Unlike hurricanes which provide several days warning, straight line storms do not allow for preparation or planning. Osmose was first contacted for storm support during the early morning hours of Saturday, June 30, and the first crews were onsite shortly after Noon that same day. In total, Osmose mobilized personnel from 27 different states to support restoration efforts in West Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, and Georgia.