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Power Companies Gearing Up for Thursday Storms

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA9) -- Myra Oppel was sitting in her office at Pepco's Headquarters when the Derecho of 2012 hit. 

She watched as the power company's outages jumped from a few thousand to almost half a million. By the time it was all over, more than two-million people in Virginia, Maryland, and the District were in the dark, and it would take nearly two weeks before all the power was restored.

Almost a year later, Oppel met with WUSA9 to discuss what Pepco's doing to prepare for this latest round of storms. 

Avoiding the Derecho's Autumn Harvest

On June 29th, like so many in the path of the Derecho, my power went out around 10PM. For roughly two days. Almost immediately I felt an itchiness arising from my carpet. By Sunday, since my apartment faces West and catches the afternoon Sun, I sought shelter in a hotel, as the temperature in my unit was fast approaching 90 degrees. I'm originally from upstate New York. Growing up, Summer was six weeks. I don't do heat, let alone this!

When I swung by my abode Monday morning, I had power, so I checked out of my temporary digs. The A/C was on; the apartment was cooling; but the scratchiness remained.

Prince George’s County Prepared for Forecasted Wintry Mix

Prince George’s County Prepared for Forecasted Wintry Mix

 

The following information was sent to us by Susan D. Hubbard:

 

Prince George’s County’s Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) will deploy a modified snow operation at 12:00 Midnight to ensure coverage on County-maintained roadways in response to forecasts calling for a wintry snow mix during the early morning hours.            

Prince George’s County Prepared for Forecasted Wintry Mix

Prince George’s County Prepared for Forecasted Wintry Mix

 

The following information was sent to us by Susan D. Hubbard:

 

Prince George’s County’s Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) will deploy a modified snow operation at 12:00 Midnight to ensure coverage on County-maintained roadways in response to forecasts calling for a wintry snow mix during the early morning hours.            

Snow Preparedness Dry Run Exercise October 28th

Snow Preparedness Dry Run Exercise October 28th

 

The following information was sent to us by Susan D. Hubbard:

 

Friday morning, October 28, 2011, residents might be awakened by the sounds of snowplows (minus the snow) traveling through their neighborhoods and they may think Prince George’s County has been hit with an early winter storm! However, folks will be happy to learn that the County’s Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) is really only conducting its Annual Countywide Snow and Ice Control Dry Run, which begins at 4:00 AM, Friday morning, October 28th. .

FEMA chief: Stay at home in Irene's wake

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The head of the nation's emergency response agency says people shouldn't underestimate the danger once Hurricane Irene passes.

Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Craig Fugate says flooding, weakened trees and downed power lines pose a danger even after the storm moves north up the Atlantic Coast.

Fugate is urging people not to drive around and sightsee after the storm has passed through their areas. His advice: Stay inside, stay off the roads, and let the power crews do their job.

Fugate made the round of the Sunday talk shows as the storm moved through New York City and the Northeast.