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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. 

This Morning's Solar Eclipse in Australia

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A dramatic ring of fire appeared in the Australian sky this morning. This was an annular eclipse. It happens when the moon blocks most of the sun's light from our view. 

Elizabeth Warner is a Faculty Research Assistant at the University of Maryland Observatory. She says, "The moon in its orbit is sometimes closer and sometimes further away from the Earth. This time, the moon was further away, and looked smaller than the sun. And it didn't completely block the sun's disk". 

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.            

VIDEO: Tornado Touches Down In Quantico

TRIANGLE, Va. (WUSA) -- A 9NEWS NOW viewer sent us a picture of what he says is damage from strong winds in Triangle, Va. Thursday night.

The National Weather Service Confirms a tornado touched down Thursday evening on Meyers Drive in the Garrison Woods neighborhood off of Route 1 near Quantico.

Much of the 9NEWS NOW viewing area (DC Metro area) was under a tornado warning or watch Thursday night. A suspected tornado tore the roof off a historic house in Louisa County on Thursday afternoon, says the National Weather Service.

We also heard unconfirmed reports of a possible tornado touchdown in the area of I-95 and Route 234 in the Dumfries area, but a Prince William County Police spokesperson said he hadn't heard anything about a tornado touchdown.