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Pepco Prepares for Hurricane Irene

Pepco is closely monitoring the approach of Hurricane Irene, which could strike the Pepco service territory early Saturday.  Weather services are predicting that the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area will experience heavy rain and high winds over a sustained period this weekend, which could cause widespread and extended power outages. The subsequent restoration could be a multi-day event.  Pepco has initiated its Incident Response Plan and is strongly urging customers to prepare for the possibility of outages.

Earthquake Safety Myths

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Tens of thousands of people flooded the streets of Washington as soon as the first tremors of Tuesday's earthquake were felt.  

As it turns out, the commonly held belief that you get out of a building as soon as an earthquake strikes is not just wrong but potentially dangerous.

Millicent West, head of the DC Emergency Management Agency, says the best thing to do when an earthquake strikes is to stay inside until the earthquake is over to avoid falling debris on the streets.

Another earthquake safety myth is that the safest place to be is under a door frame.  In fact, according to some emergency management experts, some door frames are among the weakest points in a building or house. Instead, generally the safest thing to do is to find a sturdy desk or table and get under it as quickly as possible.

Are You Prepared for Hurricane Irene?

Are You Prepared for Hurricane Irene?

 

 

The National Weather Service predicts Hurricane Irene will start impacting the east coast as early as Friday, August 26th bringing torrential rains and damaging high winds.  In preparation for this extreme weather, Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue (www.pwcgov.org/fire) would like to remind citizens that planning ahead is the key in increasing one’s chances of survival during an emergency.  By following a few simple and low-cost steps you can prepare and protect your family, business, neighborhood and community when emergencies and disasters arise.

Before the storm hits:

Check emergency equipment and supplies.

Have non-perishable food and drinking water on hand for family and pets.

Clear loose or clogged rain gutters and downspouts.

PHOTOS: Closest Seismic Station To Earthquake Epicenter

PHOTOS: Closest Seismic Station To Earthquake Epicenter

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Incorporated Research Institutes for Seismology shared pictures of their seismograph and online Seismic Monitor on Tuesday after the East Coast earthquake.

The nearest sensor is in Albuquerque, but their equipment shown is in DC.

You can see the 24 hour trace from the closest seismic station to the earthquake epicenter in one picture.

There are also images from IRIS' online Seismic Monitor (available at www.iris.edu). One is the world map of earthquakes in the past two weeks. The other is earthquakes in the U.S.

VIEW: SEISMOGRAPH PICTURES

Some Washingtonians Seeking Heat During Heat Wave

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- It was a scorcher on Thursday in Washington, no question about it. Temperatures were in the upper 90s and humidity levels were uncomfortably high.  But as bad as it was, for some people in the Washington area it was just another day.

See how some people worked, exercised and played in the heat in the video.

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Hottest Jobs On A Hot Day In DC

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Hottest Jobs On A Hot Day In The D.C. Area

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- 9News asked its Facebook fans for their thoughts on the hottest jobs on a day in which temperatures soared.

Then, we armed ourselves with an infrared temperature gauge and hit the door.

We suspected it would be hot at a construction site, but the temperature on the roof of a parking deck reached 133 degrees!

"Guys were sweating. It was hitting the beams and just evaporating immediately, so it's hot," said Chuck Guntner, a construction worker.

Down the road, we chatted with a sweaty tree trimming crew. In the shade, our temperature gauge only registered a mere 87 degrees. Herbert White and I didn't believe it.

"I'm not buying it either. 87. I guess there's a cloud passing right now. It definitely felt like a million degrees out here a second ago," said tree trimmer, Herbert White.