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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. 

Weather-Related Delays, Cancellations In DC Area


WASHINGTON (WUSA) --Due to severe weather moving through the D.C. area on Tuesday, the following after school activities have been canceled.

1. Arlington Public Schools canceled afternoon activities & late buses. Extended Day operate as normal. No change evening activities. #APS

2. All Frederick County Public Schools afterschool and evening activities are canceled due to inclement weather.

3. All after school and evening student and community activities in Prince William County are cancelled due to the potential for severe weather. School Age Child Care (SACC) will close at its regular time.

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.

Homes May be Swallowed by Sinkhole

STAFFORD, Va. (WUSA) -- Two homes in Stafford have been perched on the brink of a massive sinkhole for the last 10 days. Now, Stafford County Fire and Rescue and the county's Department of Public Works are worried that this next round of rainfall could send them over the edge.

"So far, we haven't seen any significant change," said Mark Doyle with Stafford County Fire and Rescue. " We had some rain this morning, but it hasn't had any significant impact."

But that could all change if Stafford County gets any more rain, and it's in the forecast for the next three days. The two homes on Brush Everard Court have already been condemned. The danger is that the ground underneath them could literally slide away. Firefighters and Department of Public Works Employees are now stopping by several times a day, hoping the two homes are still standing but knowing they are inches away from collapse.

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.

Local Twitter Trend Map

Local Twitter Trend Map

The D.C. Metro area is clearly thinking about the strength of Hurricane Irene...just look at this Twitter trend map of the area.