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DC Area Battles Extreme Heat

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- On a hot and muggy night in Northeast Washington, the title of the movie at the NOMA film festival could not possibly have been any more appropriate: "Some Like It Hot."  In fact, in Washington Wednesday, some people did like it hot -- but not many.

Most people were doing what they could to stay cool during the extreme heat, but it wasn't easy. The DC fire department reported a 30 percent increase Wednesday in ambulance calls, most of the increase the result of heat-related illnesses. At one point Wednesday night, there were 50 ambulance calls in just one hour.

In Wheaton, meanwhile, water workers were using quite a lot of water themselves to beat the heat while repairing a water main break on Georgia Avenue.  WSSC is hoping to have the pipe repaired by Thursday, when temperatures are expected to go even higher. 

 

 

 

 

 

Weather May Have Caused Branch To Fall On 5

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- A rare heat-related phenomena tree experts call "heavy limb drop" may be to blame for an incident in Garfield Park Tuesday that nearly killed children from a vacation bible camp.

The largest branch of an century-old white oak broke and fell on the group in the historic Capitol Hill park, injuring 5.  Weather was clear, calm and hot.

Arborist John Anna explained that healthy trees in extreme heat naturally send large volumes of water from roots toward branches and leaves to compensate for the harsh conditions.

"The added weight can be tremendous," Anna says.  In rare cases it can cause normally healthy trees to break without warning.

Anna says it's a particular problem for mature trees in hot urban environments, and the phenomena could impact more trees in the future as the climate warms.

Hours For DC Pools Extended Tuesday

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- DC Mayor Vincent Gray extended the operating hours of all the city's pools due to the extremely high temperatures in the area.

Here are the extended hours at the outdoor pools:

Ward 1

Banneker Recreation Center Pool
2500 Georgia Avenue NW
11:00am - 8:30pm

Ward 2

Jelleff Recreation Center Pool
3265 S Street NW
11:00am - 8:00pm

Volta Park Pool
1555 34th Street, NW
11:00am - 9:00pm

Ward 4

Upshur Recreation Center Pool
4300 Arkansas Avenue NW
11:00am - 9:00pm

Ward 5

Langdon Park Pool
2860 Mills Avenue, NW
11:00am - 8:00pm

Theodore Hagans Pool
3201 Fort Lincoln Drive, NE
11:00am 9:00pm

Ward 6

Randall Pool
25 I Street, SW
11:00am - 8:00pm

Ward 7

Pools, Cooling Centers Open For DC Residents

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- The DC government is opening cooling centers and pools to help residents beat the heat.

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation will open the following pools from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday:

Ward 1
Banneker Recreation Center Pool
2500 Georgia Avenue NW


Ward 2

Jelleff Recreation Center Pool
3265 S Street NW


Ward 4

Upshur Recreation Center Pool
4300 Arkansas Avenue NW


Ward 5

Henry Thomas Recreation Center Pool
1743 Lincoln Road NE


Ward 6

Randall Pool
820 South Capitol Street SW


Ward 7

Fort Dupont Pool
800 Ridge Road SE


Ward 8

Anacostia Pool
1800 Anacostia Drive SE

High Water Closes Parts Of C&O Canal

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Areas of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park are closed due to high water in the Potomac River, says the National Park Service.

Among the areas closed are:

  • Billy Goat Trail Section A and the Olmsted Island bridges in the Great Falls area
  • Spring Gap and Paw Paw campgrounds are closed.
  • All the Hiker Biker campsites and boat ramps should not be used.

High water has also covered the towpath areas near Whites Ferry and Edwards Ferry in Montgomery County, Harpers Ferry in Frederick and Washington Counties, and in the Dam 4 area in Washington County.

The park superintendent asks that visitors keep an eye on the river from a safe distance and have an escape plan. The river will continue rise Thursday and is predicted to remain high through the weekend.

How Was D.C.'s Reaction To Last Night's Snowstorm?

Last night's snowstorm was D.C.'s biggest thus far this winter.  D.C. residents often feel that the city is overwhelmed when dealing with winter weather.  

We wanted to hear how people thought this storm was handled, so we hit the streets this morning to ask pedestrians in Downtown D.C. how they felt the city did this time around.  Clean streets?  Un-walkable walkways?  Check the video above to find out.

 

 

DC-Area Residents Deal With Wintry Blast, Gridlock

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Residents in the D.C. area are struggling to cope with the latest wintry blast.

Usually traffic-choked Tysons Corner, Va., succumbed to total gridlock as the snow hit at the start of the afternoon rush Wednesday. Even when cars had a few inches to move forward, they skidded out on even the gentlest slopes. Fender benders abounded and a few hardy souls abandoned their cars and set out on foot.

VIEW SNOW SLIDESHOW HERE

One man said stomped through slush on the side of a Leesburg Pike bridge over the Capital Beltway. Cars around him were at a standstill while he made slow but steady progress.

Fifty-five-year-old Dan Willett of Silver Spring was headed home on Metro a couple hours early Wednesday afternoon. But he didn't need to head out for snow supplies as he planned to stay inside once he got home.