A derecho (Spanish: derecho "straight", pronounced [de̞ˈɾe̞tʃo̞]), is a widespread and long-lived, violent convectively induced straight-line windstorm that is associated with a fast-moving band of severe thunderstorms in the form of a squall line usually taking the form of abow echo. Derechos blow in the direction of movement of their associated storms, similar to a gust front, except that the wind is sustained and generally increases in strength behind the "gust" front. A warm weather phenomenon, derechos occur mostly in summer, especially June and July in the Northern Hemisphere. They can occur at any time of the year and occur as frequently at night as in the daylight hours.
So I live in Northern Virginia in the National Capital region and we got whacked pretty bad by this storm. Anyone else get hit by this thing? I grew up in North Florida and have lived through some serious weather. I have to say I have never seen a storm like this before... this was 15 mins of crazy violent weather!