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that could include more storms this week. >> more than half a million people are without power at this hour. some of you in virginia still under a boil water advisory tonight. meanwhile, wscc has lifted its water usage restrictions for customers in montgomery county and prince george's county. >> power out to hundreds of thousands of people in the area. here's how it breaks down now. all three power companies in our area say it could take up to friday night to get 90% of their customers back online. that's because the storm swath was so large. now there are crews on its way.
burying power lines would help, but that would cost millions. >> so in areas where we've done the tree trimming, cable replacement, replaced false arms, replaced transformers, then we look at select undergrounding. >> more stores are possible -- storms are possible in the next few days. >> there is still a boil water advisory in effect tonight for parts of northern virginia. look at this map now. this is from the falls church city web site. the areas inside the map need to use boiled or bottled water for drinking and cooking until at least tomorrow night. this applies if you are a falls church utility customer or a vienna water customer. fairfax customers aren't included. some businesses are raking
in the cash. business is booming for stores that sell ice in the last 48 hours and shows no signs of letting up. tom fitzgerald has the latest on that part of the story. tom? >> reporter: good evening, laura. we're here on chesapeake street in northwest, and i wanted to show this to you, because it's really a classic example of what we've been dealing with in the last 48 hours. over here on she's peek, this is one of the -- chesapeake, this is one of the many trees that have come down in this area. right in the middle of it, the thing appeared to be dead in the middle and it went on top of those wires, knocking out partially responsible for some of the outages. in the '80s there was a band called talking heads and one of the phrases was same as it ever was. the people here say with all the outages and storms, they're
getting the feeling it's all same as it ever was. >> reporter: just outside d.c. on river row, pete frank is a popular man. he's got ice, and it's a hot item. >> in the last 48 hours we have just been supplying the whole area with ice and dry ice. >> reporter: it has been like this for two days now. some folks have already bought fourth of july cookout food, and are desperate to save it. >> thank you. >> we have a bunch of food. we have a whole bunch of meat. >> we don't want to go to canned food and warm beer, so ice. >> reporter: with downed trees littering streets like american university park, knocking out power, plans and patience. >> it's rough. everything with all the food, you sweat. animals hate it. >> reporter: this one just
missed a house. it sat untouched two days now. >> i'm just so glad nobody got hurt. it could have been a catastrophe. >> reporter: others say the streets of their neighborhood brings more concern than comfort. >> you shouldn't have to live in fear that a tree like this is going to come down. >> reporter: across d.c., 57 intersections were without power sunday night. the federal government is encouraging telecommuting monday which they hope will ease traffic problems. back at talbot's ice and beverage, the customers kept going in and the ice kept going out. >> i call this a disaster. i've seen areas that look liked a jungle. they're no better today than three days ago. >> reporter: back out here on chesapeake street northwest,
this tree has been sitting here for almost 24 hours now, the neighbors tell us. about two hours ago we saw a pepco come through this area. the man behind the wheel looked up and drove on. we don't know if he was off to report it or to another job. district government will be open as normal tomorrow, with a couple of important exceptions. those will be any of the programs going on in the summer schools, and any of the other programs in d.c. public schools. also the city has suspended bus service for special education students tomorrow. that's it live in northwest, we are here, laura, back to you. >> dramatic pictures out there. tom fitzgerald tonight, thank you very much. as tom touched on, federal employees in the d.c. area can take leave tomorrow, because of the storm. the u.s. office of personnel management says federal agencies in washington will be
open tomorrow, but nonemergency workers have the option of taking nonscheduled leave or teleworking and that should ease the problems on the roads. five people had to be rushed to the hospital after a carbon monoxide leak. one person had life-threatening injuries and two others in serious condition. they were sickened by the fumes from a generator in the basement. >> with the big transmission lines, we had some of those damaged in western maryland. those have been repaired. >> in maryland, there is progress, though, it might be hard to see. some people are still staying at cooling shelters. the governor explained that last night. about 50 sub stations were offline. there are about four still having problems. power crews had no hope of getting power back on to homes and businesses until all of those sub stations were
working. if your child attends summer camp or spends the day at a montgomery county day care center, we have changes to tell you about. all programs and activities in county school buildings are canceled monday and tuesday. that is because of the widespread power loss. administrative offices are also closed. only designated staff will have to report on monday. fox5's audrey barnes is live in bethesda with more on how montgomery county is coping in the aftermath of friday's storm. audrey? >> reporter: i'm in one of those neighborhoods, it's typical in montgomery county. some people have power down this street, others are using generators and a lot of them are in the dark. we're going to turn the lights off for a second, so you can see how dark it is on this one street. after two days of cleanup, it continues on this street. there is a lot of debris on the road. also on the power lines, there is debris that has to be cleaned up. and throughout the yards there are trees, downed limbs,
driveways, there's a lot of debris to be cleaned up. the big thing is the waiting game. everybody wants to have a utility truck to restore electricity. a lot of people have given up and headed to area hotels and that has challenges of its own. bob gray is getting his dog used to the neighborhood around the inn in bethesda. power is out in his neighborhood and he's made a reservation through next sunday. >> i'm a meteorologist, and i work for noaa, so i saw it coming, and i made reservations before it hit. >> reporter: oh, you had insider trader information, right? >> yes, i did. >> reporter: the lines of cars waiting to check in at some hotels stretched down the block. it was standing room only at the reservation counter. bob hogueland was lucky enough to snag one of the last rooms for his family. they couldn't spend a single night in their apartment with
no electricity. >> pretty bad up there. and our generator didn't work, either, so no elevators. had to walk up and down the stairs. >> reporter: two days after the storm, and katrina is still cleaning up, after hurricane strength winds toppled trees in her yard, igniting the power lines outside her window. >> the tree that was laying on the wires actually snapped under the tension and burned a hole in my yard and blew up the transformer. my whole yard caught on fire. >> reporter: she finally got through to 911, but she didn't get the response she expected. >> initially they were like, oh, your house is on fire? we can't come out until your house is on fire. >> reporter: she snapped a few photos, hoping she wouldn't have to make another call saying her house was indeed on fire. for now, the only people in this rice road neighborhood
with electricity are those with generators. while she waits for pepco to untangle the mess of power lines and branches, friends have come to her aid. and believe it or not, katrina is feeling lucky. >> people less fortunate had trees go straight through their house. so i'm thankful. >> reporter: look at these folks, the only way they can walk their dog tonight is by using a flash light. no electricity on this one street, and there are many, many more just like that. now, katrina that you saw in our story, she has a lot of friends to stay with while she waits for them to restore her electricity. if you don't, montgomery county has opened a number of cooling stations to offer you a place to stay cool during the day, while we wait out the hot days still to come. >> thank you, audrey barnes for that report and the pictures, too. virginia's governor is
urging residents to stay calm and be patient as they struggle. power crews have been working through the night. but it could be a while before all the lights come back on. john henrehan is covering that part of the story. >> reporter: south 6th street in arlington was a mess. a lightning strike friday night toppled one tree into another, bringing down utility poles and a thicket of wires. a crew of at least eight linemen spent most of the day here trying to straighten out the huge mess. this is one of hundreds of dark locations being monitored by dominion virginia power company from its regional operation center. there is good news to report. company officials say all their major transmission lines have been repaired. now its secondary feeder lines
need to be fixed. many retailers have had to close since friday night, and homeowners are doing their best to keep cool during the heat wave without air conditioning. >> well, we're spending time in the basement, sleeping in the basement. fortunately, our next door neighbors have a generator, so we were able hook up our refrigerator. >> i'm grateful i have a house, water and working toilets. and when you have that, you're okay. not like the people in katrina who had nothing. so i'm not going to complain. >> reporter: officials at dominion official have told the governor they hope to have 80 to 85% of customers back online by tuesday. 90 to 95% of customers back online by thursday. but some residential customers will likely not get power until next saturday or sunday. >> hand to hand combat, we'll be out pulling large trees off the small lines, picking up the
debris, hauling it off. again, getting new poles, wires built. literally, rebuilding parts of the system in these areas. >> reporter: that's what is happening here on south 6th street. a complete rebuilding of the electrical infrastructure. in arlington, john henrehan, fox 5 news. coming up, we're talking with a dominion virginia power official to get more information and we want to remind people, while you may have power, a lot of friends, family, neighbors, too, they may not. >> check in on them. help them get the information they need to make this through this disaster, whatever their situation. we want to share with you what many of our viewers have been sharing with us. pretty dramatic pictures, photos of the damage they have seen. they're on our web site, myfoxdc.com. we'll share a couple with you now. mark sent this one in from gaithersburg and said this is the storage shed of his son's
baseball team wrapped around a light pole. >> that's amazing. >> he said it was empty before the storm and the team put bags of sand inside, but that didn't work. >> and if this is the after picture, imagine the before. a viewer in southeast d.c. sent this photo in of the aftermath of a tree that came down, crushing that truck. >> unreal. >> the aftermath of mother nature will likely stick around for days as people try to clean up. >> will she show her teeth again? that's the question for gary mcgrady in the weather center. we sure don't want to see that again. >> we don't. we have more thunderstorms back out to the north and west. pretty much where this same system friday came through. several differences, thank goodness. let's show you what it looks like out there. this is the last couple of hours here. thank goodness up into eastern ohio was calming down a little
bit. you can see what's moving into western sections of pennsylvania. that's weakened substantially. in terms of where the strongest parts of the thunderstorms are, right here through west virginia and down headed into parts of western virginia, that is going to be the brunt of these thunderstorms tonight. there is still a chance that we could have thunderstorms here, so a thunderstorm watch has been issued. this will go until 2:00 a.m. this is primarily for our western counties out there bordering along i-81, winchester, this includes you, parts of port royal and martinsberg and hagerstown and points west. nothing issued for the metro area. as long as we continue to see the showers and storms weakening a little bit there in the western sections of pennsylvania, i think we're in pretty good shape. even though we do have thunderstorms in the forecast late this evening and through the overnight hours. severe risk is still in place
for us. weather service, this comes out of oklahoma, they have extended that big time and most of that extension has been down to the south. again, thunderstorms moving in from the north and west. but nothing like what we saw a couple of days ago. >> thank goodness for that. reminder for all of you out there, you can check weather any time when you download the fox 5 weather app. go to apple's app store or the android market and search for d.c. weather. you can also find it on our web site, myfoxdc.com. coming up, tips to pass along for people in the dark. >> plus, they say it could take up to six days to get the lights back on. in just minutes, we're going to hear from pepco and dominion virginia at . >> we'll be flashing these numbers throughout the newscast.
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at this hour, still more than half a million customers in the recently without power. one of the biggest challenges now is getting extra crews in other states to help the crews that are here. the storm knocked out electricity from west virginia to pennsylvania. we are joined by the spokesman from pepco. thank you for being with us. >> sure thing. >> what's the time line? we're hearing six days. but how quickly are you able to get power back on? >> we're targeting friday for 90% of our customers. what that really means, the front end of that will be the largest amount of customers that we can impact immediately. so we sort of work down, we target those customers, neighborhoods with large numbers first, and then we sort of take care of the individual homes and businesses towards
the tail end. our work focuses around first taking care of our major electricity infrastructure, sub stations, high voltage transmission lines, the critical services, hospitals, water pumping stations, et cetera, and then we really start to hit the neighborhoods down to those remote single homes and single businesses. >> marcus, when you get to the neighborhoods, the damage is so vast and the outages are so widespread, how do you decide which neighborhoods to go to first? >> well, we really mobilize everybody that we can both internally and externally. i externally we rely on mutual assistance. we've been fortunate to have a number of crews outside of our service area available to us. they're currently pouring in and we continue to ask for more assistance from places as far as canada. so we try to maximize the number of resources that we can put on the job, and really try to hit everything. >> there are homeowners out
there thinking, if i call once every hour on the hour to say my power is still out, will that possibly get a crew here faster? what will help them, anything? >> at this point, we encourage customers to call and report outages. we have additional folks answering calls. so that data is important to keep pulling that in. we can get more efficient with our restoration time estimates the farther we get into this entire event. we encourage folks to call in and we'll tighten up the estimated times as we proceed. >> give us the phone number one more time. [inaudible] >> we have it on our web site. best of luck and speedy recovery. >> thank you. the regional park companies are working hard to get their
customers back online. joining us by phone is dan with dominion virginia. >> what progress have you made? >> we've made excellent progress considering the scope of the damage of this storm. numbers down to about 202,000. we've restored power to about 340,000. unfortunately, this is where the real work begins. we're going to start getting into the neighborhoods tomorrow, and that's where the real damage is, and those jobs will take us longer. >> when do you anticipate having full restoration to everyone? >> we are looking for up to 95% to be restored by thursday. after thursday, and we hit that 95% mark, those other 5% will be very, very tough jobs for us
to get done. and it will be wednesday before we finally clear, i mean, sunday before we finally clear everybody up. >> as you heard laura ask the official from pepco, as far as getting into neighborhoods, there a priority list? how are you deciding which neighborhoods to tackle first? >> well, we will hit as many of them as we can. we start out with our priority is to always do jobs that will bring back the most number of customers. >> how do you decide that? the number of people that have called in? >> the number of people that have called in. by customers calling in, we can tell where the outages are and we can tell which we device or circuit they're on. >> do you suggest customers continue to call, especially if they've called say once or twice even to report their
outage? should they continue calling to maybe speed up getting to their neighborhood? >> it will not speed up getting a crew to their neighborhood. what it will do, if for some reason they see all their neighbors have their lights on but theirs aren't, it lets us know, okay, for some reason we didn't get those people, we have to go back and get them. the other thing, as we move into this event and get into tuesday or so, we are going to start putting up restoration times, so the customer can call and get a pretty good idea of when his power will be back on. it's a good idea to continue to call. >> i know you're working hard. dan, thank you so much for the information. >> thank you. >> a lot of areas still without power, obviously, as we've been saying. it is worth reminding motorists, if you come to an intersection where the lights are out, the law is treat it as a four-way stop. >> you'd be amazed how many people aren't heeding this. there are various cooling
shelters open in d.c., maryland and virginia. you can call 2111 or just go to our web site, myfoxdc.com. >> other tips to pass on tonight, if you're without power, means you probably don't have ac tonight. here are ways to stay cool. drink water or fluids every 15 to 20 minutes. avoid alcohol and caffeine. >> hang damp towels in windows. and work outside during cool hours and take frequent breaks. i know it sounds like common sense stuff, but you'd be surprised how many people in the panic to get back to normal do things that may not be on the smarter end. >> a lot to be done now. >> i know. just ahead, while we pick up the pieces at home, crews continue to battle wildfires in colorado, also virginia. we're going to update you on the progress being made. >> we're getting tons of pictures in from viewers on myfoxdc.com. thank you for that and keep
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other big stories we are following, the body of a missing worker has been found at a collapsed building in prince george's county. it was recovered around 8:00 this morning. workers say a forklift accidently hit a storage rack on thursday, the falling shelves struck support beams causing the roof to collapse. firefighters from connecticut heading to virginia to help out on a massive wildfire. the blaze is burning in the western portion of the national park near fort royal. officials say it's not affecting the most visited portions of the park. so far the flames haven't damaged structures. crews in colorado getting a little help from the weather. >> meanwhile, residents are getting their first chance to see their homes as authorities lifted some evacuation orders
today. adam housley has the latest. >> reporter: even though there's wind this afternoon in colorado springs, they are making headway in the waldo canyon fire. firefighters say at least 45% containment. and there have been a couple of small rain showers. this is the edge of the evacuation area. 32,000 people at one point were evacuated. as of today, two-thirds of those will be allowed back into their homes or have been allowed back in. the fire moved into the edge of the neighborhood and in some cases threatened hundreds and hundreds of homes, destroyed about 30 or so specifically on these streets. people will be allowed back in at some point. they have to secure the gas mains and a few other things before people can be allowed back in. you can see how the fire basically picked and choose
some of the homes. some destroyed and next door, nothing to it. >> we're cautiously optimistic. we still remain focused on the 55% of the fair that is not contained and our guys will take their best shots out there today to move forward on that progress. >> reporter: the fire has burned more than 17,000-acres and at 45% containment, and firefighters expect that to go up, as they have a chance to get into the remote areas. the high park fire, that's now 100% contained. across the west conditions are dry. still a number of fires burning in places like montana, idaho, and utah. adam housley, fox news. coming up, and here at home, deposition you ready -- getting you ready for the start of the work week and rush hour
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right now more than half a million people are still dealing with power outages. officials in virginia have issued a boil water advisory. in montgomery county and prince george's county it is okay now to do laundry, wash dishes. widespread power outages means dark traffic lights. joining us on the phone with more on tomorrow's rush, a spokesperson for the department of public works and transportation. thank you for being with us. >> good evening. thank you. >> how widespread are the
traffic outages? >> crews have been worked diligently and we only have 12 at this time, traffic signals. of course that does not include the state traffic signals that are out. >> how are police officers, if you know this, how are they being deployed to help? >> at the major intersection, depending upon the rate of traffic. police officers are going. at county maintained intersections we are trying to get the word out to folks to please treat it as a four-way stop. >> right. >> it's not worth plowing through. need to be extra cautious. use extreme caution actually. be aware of pedestrians and yield to the car that's already stopped in the traffic area before you proceed. >> any particular roads you're asking drivers to avoid? >> we're not asking drivers to necessarily avoid any county maintained roadways, but wood yard road has three
intersections that are dark. mitchellville road also has three intersections that are dark. and garrett morgan boulevard has two intersections that are dark. >> from what you're seeing now, the morning commute, granted a lot of people have flex time, but for with a you're seeing now, do you anticipate there being a big problem on the roads tomorrow? do you think things are fairly in control and people can get to whatever they need to go, though late? >> i think as long as they use caution and don't get the attitude i can fly through and everybody else can wait for me, i think they should be more than safe in getting to work. and also, it's the holiday week, so some folks are on vacation, and most of the jurisdictions are offering a liberal leave policy. so that will cut down on traffic as well. >> from 40 lights out to 12, i think you've made great progress. >> we have. >> great job, and thank you for your time this evening. >> thank you very much. want to move on to virginia, if you drive through
virginia on your way to work tomorrow, head to vdot, lifting the hov requirements inside the beltway tomorrow. you can use any lane. the hov restrictions will stay in place on i-95, and 66 outside the beltway. if you take metro plan on a longer commute. rail lines may have to vary their speed to maintain power to the whole system. coming up, we're going to switch gears and look at sports and nats are getting ready to pack their bags for the all- star game. >> and tiger woods seeks a second win at his own tournament. that's coming up in sports. ♪
>> it didn't. he's back being tiger. with the win today, one he would have won for the third time on tour this year. >> the fans were back, too. >> in a big way. saturday at congressional, tiger playing near the lead with no fans. 24 hours later, in the lead with 50,000 fans watching. here's tiger on 15, for birdie. 21feet away. does he hit it? does he have it? come on. puts the finger up, it's going in. takes the lead at 9 under par. van polt, on the same hole, does it without the fist pump. second shot on 17. got to get down. get down. oh, it's long and that will lead to a bogey. so tiger on 18 up by one, has
to get this close. spins the club, watch this, the twirl, he walks towards it, he knows it's good. how good? that was 188 yards with a 9 iron. and rolls it up there to a couple of feet. two putts back for victory. yes, tiger woods two shots better. >> it felt like a lot of pent- up energy today, because everyone was fired up from the first hole on and got louder as we played. was a fantastic atmosphere and thank you for coming out and supporting us in this heat. it was hot as hell out there. >> tell us what you really think. three nationals are heading to the all-star game in kansas
city. straussberg and gonzalez and bryce harper may get voted in by the fans. ryan zimmerman is a former all- star and he got the nats off to a good start today in atlanta. want me on the wall, need me on the wall, off the wall. here comes bryce harper, getting it there, he will. three hits, including a homerun for zimmerman. they take two of three. indians beat the orioles 6-2. coming up, much more from tiger. >> thanks. >> sure. coming up, gary has your work week forecast. >> people are cleaning up from indiana up to new jersey. news at 10:00 will be right back.
our coverage of the storm's aftermath continues tonight. if you have friends, if you have power and you have friends and family without power, might want to check up on them. >> that's right. even late at night it's hot. there are so many contributing factors. the heat has gotten to my mouth, too. can never be too careful out there. >> we have all you need to know on our web site, myfoxdc.com. everything from power company information to closings, and cancelicians and there are several of them for tomorrow. >> we want to take the chance to thank the viewers uploading their weather pictures on our web site. we've seen amazing photos. >> we can't be everywhere, so we appreciate you being our eyes and ears. thank you for sending in your pictures. they've been dramatic. as people get back online with their power and their homes, we want to explain the kind of
storm we experienced this weekend. for people who didn't have power and haven't had power until now, can you explain it? >> it's a complex of thunderstorms and it's long lived. that's one of the main definitions of this. long lived and produces a lot of wind. >> i've seen wind twisted to the right, is that a coincidence? >> that's a coincidence. a series of winds coming out of the storm and they're coming down. and i always describe it and say, it's almost like the storm is punching air out of it. so once it hits the ground, that wind just spreads out. we were getting reports of 80- mile-per-hour winds up in ohio. we knew it was coming.
it weakened a little bit as it crossed the mountains. when it got into the western sections of the beltway and the district, it blew up again. >> how are these different from straight line winds? >> they are straight line winds. another thing is it's straightforward. that's how i learned it in school. spanish word and talks about coming straightforward. the term was coined way back in the 1800s. i can't remember the meteorologist's name that did that. he wrote a paper for the american meteorological society and coined that term. a lot of people think tornado came from a similar term, from spanish, tornado, something like that. he took that over and moved it over to this type of complex. >> interesting. >> we've had several of these move through the district since
i've lived here. >> really? >> this was maybe the most dramatic i've seen. i've seen a lot of stuff on the internet saying it's super, and beautiful shot the capitol tonight. we have more storms out there. this is a bit of a complex. we're looking at this radar here from charleston on down into northern sections of tennessee there. that's a complex. that is beginning to take on the characteristics of it as well. won't bother us. have been wind reports of this, 50, 60 miles per hour. this is what we're watching with interest here. it continues to drift in our direction. now just in the last few minutes we've gotten a little thunderstorm firing up in western maryland. i think we get thunderstorms overnight tonight. because this is part of an area of instability, that's moving through, and it's at the upper
levels. as it continues to move to the east, we'll end up with some. storm prediction center has expanded the risk where they think there could be likely severe weather. we're on the northern fringe of it. we'll be watching the storms tonight as they move through. now it looks like model guidance is suggesting the heaviest will stay away from us. 91. lost stations back up to the north and west. probably storm related. temperatures are getting cooler back out to the north and west, in the 80s. here's the activity coming in tonight. you can definitely see the strongest of this is pushing into west virginia and now moving out of kentucky into western virginia. eventually down into the carolinas and tennessee. i wanted to zoom in a little bit. we're seeing all this weaken quite a bit. again, there's that late
bloomer there out in western maryland. this is futurecast tonight at 11:00. handling it very well. by 3:00, a few showers, maybe a thunderstorm. this is probably just going to be a good old garden style thunderstorm moving through. we're technically in the risk of severe weather. so it needs to be watched. tomorrow morning, dry, dry tomorrow afternoon with a possibility of one or two popups late in the afternoon. storms possible overnight tonight. otherwise, mild low temperatures and we start off tomorrow in the upper 70s. will be a mild start. we'll have sunshine through the day. good news here, we cool off a little bit. at least the next couple of days. not only do we cool off with the temperatures, but the humidity will lower just a little bit. at least until fourth of july and the humidity will come back. high on fourth of july with a threat of thunderstorms. 96degrees, which tends to be a
utility crews continuing to try to restore power. >> the violent storm caused damage from indiana to new jersey. authorities now confirm at least 13 deaths as a result. here's the latest from charleston, west virginia. >> reporter: among those killed in the severe weather, two young boys in new jersey. they were camping and crushed by a downed tree. >