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Stay Cool In Prince George's County

(WUSA) -- Six cooling centers are now open to Prince George's county residents, county officials said in a news release.

The centers will continue to be open on days with CODE ORANGE air quality or temperatures of at least 90 degrees.

Prince George's County officials recommend the following tips for staying cool this summer:

  • Stay well hydrated. Avoid drinks containing alcohol or caffeine.
  • Limit heavy lifting
  • Spend as much time in air-conditioning as possible (i.e. cooling centers listed below, libraries, shopping malls, community and senior centers).
  • Wear light, loose fitting clothes
  • Eat smaller meals, more often.
  • Take cool bathes or showers.

Cooling Centers open for Seniors at the following locations:

Prince George's County Declares June As “Flood Awareness Month"


This story comes to us from Carol Terry:

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III and the Prince George’s County Council have declared June to be Flood Awareness Month.

Floods are America’s #1 natural disaster and can happen anytime, anywhere.  In fact, 90 percent of all natural disasters in the U.S. involve flooding.  June is the start of a six-month period commonly known as “hurricane season.”  While hurricanes are not common occurrences in Prince George’s County, the severe weather conditions that occur during hurricane season, such as tropical storms, violent winds and heavy rains, can cause flooding which threatens lives, and damages property and structures.

Prince George's County Opens Cooling Centers

(WUSA) -- Due to the heat advisory, Prince George's County is opening cooling centers.

Two of the locations are exclusively for seniors:



  • New Carrolton Municipal Center, 6016 Princess Garden Parkway, New Carrolton (10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)



  • Camp Springs Senior Center, 6420 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, MD (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)


Four others are open to all from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.:


  • Fairland Regional Park, 14110 Old Gunpowder Road, Laurel



  • Rollingcrest Community Center, 6120 Sargent Road, Chillum



  • Palmer Park Community Center, 7720 Barlowe Road, Landover



  • Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Drive, Hillcrest Heights


SHOCKING VIDEO: Man Drives Into MD Suspected Tornado

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE (WUSA) -- A touchdown of a tornado was reported near Andrews Air Force base Wednesday night.

According to Prince George's County fire officials, at 7:04 p.m., Prince George's County, Maryland partially activated its Emergency Operations Center in preparation of severe thunderstorms. Twenty six minutes later, Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department reported a touchdown of tornado near Andrews Air Force Base between 7:20 pm and 7:36 pm.

Around 9:30 p.m. the Prince George's County Emergency Operation Center said there were no serious injuries related to the storm and no significant structural damage.

A tree branch did fall on a roof on Berkshire Dr. but the damage was minor. An overhead sign also fell down at the Allentown Rd. entrance to Andrews Air Force Base. 

Pepco reported 15 power outages but BGE is reporting no power outages.

Snow Predicted - Power Outages Are a Possibility - Be Prepared

Snow Predicted - Power Outages Are a Possibility - Be Prepared

The National Weather Service is predicting accumulating snow this afternoon in Prince George’s County. Snow will arrive this afternoon and is expected to fall and accumulate quickly during the evening hours. The snow is expected to be of a heavy and wet texture, meaning, the weight of the snow accumulating on trees and overhead utility lines could result in power outages. The men and women of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department want you to remember Safety First!!!

<a href="http://suitland.wusa9.com/content/rescue-officials-warn-everyone-stay-ice">Rescue Officials Warn Everyone To Stay Off The Ice</a>

BLADENSBURG, Md. (WUSA) -- Prince George's County firefighters and medics are undergoing ice rescue classes all this week.  The classes are conducted every year to prepare for the worst case scenarios.

Firefighter Matthew Rickard says, "This time of year we have to be ready for any emergency that might arise."

Assistant Chief Richard Takacs says the frigid conditions provide a unique opportunity to keep these rescue workers on their toes.

Takacs says, "The suits do a great job of keeping them buoyant and warm, but it is a foreign environment, and we want them to get used to that, get used to hooking into the ropes and used to the rope techniques so that if an emergency should occur they are well prepared."

Even though the need for ice rescues are rare in this area, Takacs reminds everyone to stay away from the ice.