POSTED: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 11:12am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Restoration following last weekend's summer storms is slow going. Some people could be in the dark all week.
Despite crews coming in from all over the country to help, power officials in and around the nation's capital still say it could be Friday before everyone's back online.
"We haven't had power since Friday, 11 o'clock. You telling me we have to wait an entire week?" asked Takoma Park, Md. Resident, Brian Carpenter.
It's frustrating, too for power companies who were caught off guard.
"We saw a storm coming. We had no sense it was going to be as severe as this," said Joseph Rigby, Pepco President.
Those who have power find themselves on a long waiting list.
"Despite the downed wires, because the house itself had power, that we were not a priority," said Washington D.C. Resident, Oren Goldberg.
The "super derecho storm" quickly traveled 700 miles with hurricane force winds. Emergencies have now been declared in Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington D.C.
More than 20 people have died from falling trees or excessive heat.
Forecasters predict more 90 and 100 plus temperatures into the July 4th holiday. Residents are doing what they can to stay cool.
"Well you sit down in the basement a lot. Try to keep cool," said Baltimore County, Md. Resident, Cheryl Wolf.
In some neighborhoods, portable generators are working overtime.
Two of the nation's largest insurers say they've received over 12,000 damage claims so far.
Many expect those to keep coming. Insurers have set up rapid response teams so customers can get issues resolved quickly - sometimes even by email.