The rare sight of a tornado in New York City earlier today had many blaming global warning for the crazy weather, and just hours later the Washington, D.C. area found itself under similar threat.

Tornadoes aren’t so rare an occurrence in the Midwest, obviously, but when a funnel cloud threatens to touch down among a stronghold of journalists, you’d better believe it’s a big deal.

Many are reporting power outages and fear a repeat of summer’s extended blackout in the area which affected as many as 1.5 million homes.