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now at 5:00 a.m. good morning, everybody. i'm aaron gilchrist. >> and i'm angie goff in for eun yang on this monday, july 9th. well, it was a sleepless night for thousands of people in our area. powerful storms tore through our area overnight, leaving many people without power and our city cam captured these amazing images as one of those storms blew across northwest d.c. >> right now, all is calm, but we could be in for another round of storms this morning, or could we be, i guess is the question? we turn to meteorologist tom kierein for some answers. >> well, we still have some rain falling, we still have a little bit of thunder and lightning flashing, but no severe weather, i'm happy to report. but look at the storm4 radar over the last several hours. we've had this conveyor belt of rain and thunder and lightning rolling west to east out of west virginia, into northern virginia and maryland, and it's now on the eastern shore. most of the heavier rain with the lightning is on the eastern
shore now, from near easton down to cambridge and across into delaware and along the atlantic beaches. they're getting a lot of thunder and lightning, heavy downpours there. closer to washington, just a little light rain around the metro area right now, but moderate downpours in these areas in yellow and orange. that's in howard county, into carroll and frederick county. watch out, some creeks and streams may be out of their banks in parts of frederick county. farther west, shenandoah valley from near winchester all the way down to front royal, they're getting moderate showers, a little thunder and lighting in there. that is drifting east, too, heading back towards fredericksburg, where they had that wind damage yesterday. right now around the region it's in the low and mid-70s with steamy humidity. reagan national's at 76, and montgomery county and farther north, where they're getting moderate showers, they are down into the low 70s. here's your "day planner" for this monday. have an umbrella handy. we'll have a few passing showers and some thunder and lightning likely off and on all the way through noontime. and by mid-afternoon, though, the thunderstorm chance does
diminish down to about a 30% chance. otherwise, just cloudy and humid. highs cooler, thankfully. just reaching the upper 80s by mid-afternoon, which is about the average high for mid-july. i'll be back in ten minutes with another update. here's danella with a look at our monday morning traffic. good morning. >> good morning. right now i'm following breaking news on the roads. traveling northbound gw parkway, all your northbound lanes are blocked. this is from memorial drive to spout run parkway. this is due to a downed tree. again, northbound lanes are blocked gw parkway at memorial. now, let's head over to burfoot lane in reston. it's closed between lawyers road to stuart mill road due to high-standing water. also seeing high-standing water 395 northbound in the hov lanes, just prior to the 14th street bridge. you're seeing high-standing water there. lanes are open, but you are going to want to slow down. i'm back in ten with another update. angie and aaron, over to you. >> thank you, danella. breaking news in fairfax county. police are on the scene of a deadly shooting involving one of their own officers.
police tell us two officers noticed two men acting suspiciously around 11:30 last night in the fry road area of mt. vernon. when police approached the two men, they say they ran and a fight ensued and one of the men fired at the officers but missed. the officers returned fire, hitting and killing one of the men. we do have a crew on the scene and we'll bring you more information about this breaking news story throughout the morning. at 5:03, we're also following a developing story in virginia this morning. did a tornado hit parts of the fredericksburg area last night? several businesses were flattened and four people were sent to the hospital, including two children, after some storms there. news4's melissa mollet is live now with more on the damage. melissa, good morning. >> reporter: well, good morning. whatever it was, it was very, very fast and furious. take a look here behind me. we're on fleming road here in fredericksburg. let me explain what happened. i know it is a little bit dark, but i do want to show you, back there, there is a white structure, a concrete structure,
two stories tall, called shear fusion. 20 girls and their parents were inside there last night when this storm ripped through it actually ripped the roof off that building. then look here as we pan to the left. the roof came about one block over. you can see all the debris, duct work, drywall, and again, a little hard to see in the dark, but that black mask is the roof to shear fusion. a little bit down the street, we have more video as well. there is more damage done at a strip mall that includes a mattress company as well as a salon. so again this morning, we do not know if it was simply strong winds, perhaps a tornado that ripped through here around 5:30 last night, but we know some folks will be out here later to try and determine what happened. we did speak with some people out here on the scene yesterday, very, very upsetting for everyone involved. >> what am i going to do? this is everything that i have. i have put so much time, effort and prayer and thought in. it's just demolished. >> we're definitely going to try
to rebuild. it's definitely put us out for a while. we haven't even thought that far ahead. we're just still in a state of shock. >> reporter: now, i have to say, about seven people inside sheer fusion were initially reported as injured. i spoke with a police officer out here on the scene earlier. he said he pulled a couple of them out of the building. most of them were minor injuries. four people were taken to the hospital, two adults and two children. we understand one man who was inside there, a father, has a compound fracture to one of his legs. they are still at the hospital this morning. live in fredericksburg, virginia, melissa mollet, news4. back to you, aaron. >> melissa, thank you. those same storms forced thousands of homes back into the dark this morning as power companies were just finishing up the cleanup from last week. pepco reporting about 2,600 outages right now, down from 500 -- down about 500 from 30 minutes ago. northern virginia was the hardest hit in our area, and dominion virginia power's numbers are climbing up about
300 in the past half hour. looks like 3,700 customers without electricity. bge's numbers on the rise as well, up a couple hundred from 30 minutes ago to about 1,400. we're going to update those numbers for you again in a little bit. all right, well, record-breaking heat is finally coming to an end today, but the scorching temperatures took their toll. 74 deaths are attributed to triple-digit temperatures across the country. 13 of those deaths were in maryland and 10 were reported in virginia. illinois had been the hardest hit by the heat. 18 died there since the beginning of this heat wave. green line trains back in service after friday's train derailment, but commuters should expect some delays today. trains will single-track this morning between fort totten and prince george's plaza. crews are still working on a bent piece of track in that area that caused that derailment at the west hayatsville station. metro officials blaying the extreme heat for the incident.
all other lines expected to run on time and there are no more heat-related speed restrictions, either. drivers will also have issues in bowie this morning. the extreme heat caused part of route 50 near route 197 to buckle yesterday afternoon. three eastbound lanes will stay closed during the morning rush hour. only the right lane and the shoulder are open right now. crews are working to repair that damage as we speak, and hopefully will finish up by the evening rush hour. this morning, firefighters are trying to figure out what sparked a house fire in prince george's county. crews say flames spread quickly throug the home on marjorie drive in largo, and at one point, the fire got too dangerous for firefighters to battle the blaze from inside and they had to evacuate the structure. no one was hurt in the end. the fire caused heavy damage to the front of the house and the garage. this morning, d.c. police are investigating what led up to a triple stabbing. it happened in the 3600 block of 14th street in northwest near spring road. and one man was stabbed in the arm. police did not release details
about the other two injuries but say all three victims should survive. one person is in custody. later this morning, d.c. councilman phil mendelson will talk to reporters in his first press conference as council chairman. mendelson was voted in as council chair in june after kwame brown resigned amid his campaign spending scandal. this is the last meeting before the council recessed for the summer. mend mendelson is expected to discuss big issues, including drunk driving sobriety tests and new taxi rules. the time is 5:08, good morning. running for their lives. what sent these major leaguers scrambling for cover. and last weekend's storms caused millions in damage across the area. how the cleanup from that storm actually made the situation worse for one local man. and a wave good-bye, and you can wave good-bye to the heat wave itself. cooler temperatures are finally here. tom will have the details.
see, that's how you're supposed to do it. when you hear a boom that loud, you don't look around, you get out of dodge. this was during the rangers/twins game last night in texas. top of the fourth inning. all of a sudden, they hear a loud crack and the players run off the field, umps too. cameras even went black for a moment during that game. rangers officials said the lightning struck north of the stadium -- not hit the facility.
texas won that game following a 46-minute delay, while the players got their nerves back together. >> i know. it sure rattled some. it shook the whole stadium, did you see that? >> yes, that's the smart thing to do, get out of there. let's go to tom kierein now, talk about what we can expect today, tom. >> that was a balk. did you see that? the pitcher balked. >> definitely. >> should have given him a base. there's a live view we just saw over the jefferson memorial. thankfully, things have settled down this morning after some overnight downpours and thunder and lightning. a lot of that is now on the eastern shore. they're getting some of that heavy rain, thunder and lightning, but around the metro area, thankfully, a lot of lightning has stopped, and so has the rain right around washington and the suburbs. but farther north, getting heavy downpours, creeks and streams out of their banks in parts of frederick county. they've already had three or four inches of rain there overnight. more showers and thunder showers west and southwest of washington, faulkier county, rappahannock and culpeper and the panhandle of west virginia still getting moderate
downpours, but most of the lightning has ended. and things are down into the 70s temperaturewise. beautiful morning that way, but it's still very humid, and thankfully today cooler temperatures. high only in the upper 80s. that's about the average high. but a likelihood of scattered storms off and on between now and noontime, but probably not severe, and just a smaller chance of an additional shower or thunder shower by mid to late afternoon. a look at the rest of the week, your four-day forecast, your seven-day outlook, that's at 5:21. danella's here now with a look at traffic. good morning. good morning, tom. right now i'm tracking breaking news on the road. northbound gw parkway, a downed tree is blocking all of the northbound lanes. closures are between memorial drive to spout run parkway. also seeing problems because of the accident eastbound i-70 at route 94, woodbine road. only the right lane gets you by the crash there. single-vehicle crash. a car is spun out. please use caution. very slick conditions this morning. and also seeing delays southbound i-270.
you're slow between 80 as you make your way toward 109. i'll give you a live look at father hurley. rain coming down hard. you just saw lightning in the background. travel lanes are open, though, but please give yourself extra time this morning and use caution. angie and aaron, over to you. >> all right. >> thank you, danella. the time is 5:14. ahead on "news 4 today," waking up without internet access this morning? if so, you're not alone. the virus that's interrupting service for thousands of americans today and how you can see if your computer is infected. and they've been called man's best friend. now dogs may be kid's best friend,
even though july 4th has come and gone, expect some fireworks soon, as congress returns today after their summer break. here's a live look at the capitol. the house and senate have plenty to tackle. there will once again be a debate over proposed tax cuts, including whether to once again extend the bush-era tax cuts, and house republicans are planning a vote this week on whether to repeal president obama's health care overhaul that was just declared constitutional by the supreme court. and now to "decision 2012," where mitt romney once again under fire for his personal wealth. romney was in new york yesterday courting wealthy donors in the hamptons. democrats are criticizing the former massachusetts governor, saying he's severely out of touch with the middle class. they're calling on him to explain his multiple offshore bank accounts and they want him to release more of his tax returns. romney's supporters and campaign officials have dismissed this as simply a "distraction" from the obama administration. and romney will do quite a
bit of traveling before next month's republican national convention. campaign officials say he'll be in london for the olympics opening ceremonies in just 18 days. after that, he will head to israel, where he'll meet with prime minister benjamin netanyahu. his team is still finalizing details on his overseas trip, which could also include other stops in european countries. this morning, a crane operator is recovering with a broken leg after his crane toppled over in bethesda. workers were trying to remove a damaged tree in alan weinberger's driveway when that crane fell. the boom damaged weinberger's house and his neighbor's. still, weinberger says it could have been an even bigger disaster. >> of course, it started spilling oil, but luckily it was not gasoline, or there would have probably been a fire and maybe the house probably would have burned down and maybe other neighbors'. it was diesel, so it wasn't flammable. >> weinberger said it's not clear how long it will take crews to remove the crane. 5:19 right now. today, mother nature may help put out the rest of a massive
wildfire in colorado. right now, officials say the waldo canyon fire is 98% contained. the area still uncontrolled is very steep and hazardous for firefighters. officials hope today's below-average temperatures and chances of rain will help them. that fire has burned more than 18,000 acres and it is still unclear what exactly started that fire about two weeks ago. thousands could be without internet access this morning because of a months-old computer virus. back in november, federal authorities busted six men for corrupting more than 4 million computers worldwide with a virus called the dns changer. the fbi took over the servers, protecting computer users with a security net, but this morning a different story. the net expired, which could leave as many as 45,000 americans without internet access. >> the good news is the odds aren't very high that you will be infected, but the bad news is, if you are infected, you probably don't know, and on monday, if your internet goes
out, you're going to have a really hard time fixing your computer. >> if you have not checked your computer just yet, it's easy to see if you're still infected. just go to dcwg.org. that site also tells you what to do if you are infected. this morning, we are getting a much better idea of just how much police may be using your personal cell phone information to do surveillance. according to "the new york times," nine carriers turned over records to congress. they show that cell phone companies received 1.3 million demands last year for customer information from law enforcement. police often ask for records during emergencies, but they can also get court orders for records while conducting investigations. sprint reported the highest number of requests, an average of 1,500 a day. cell phone companies say they now have entire departments devoted to that task, including lawyers who determine if the requests are legal. this morning, the u.s. military confirms, six american troops were among those killed in a violent weekend in
afghanistan. the taliban is claiming responsibility for the deadly roadside bombing in wardak province. the improvised explosion device went off near a u.s. nato military base south of kabul. another explosion near pakistan's border killed 21 people, including afghan policemen, women and children. a quick travel note for you this morning. we just learned that the green line, trains on the green line will not be single-tracking today, so everything should be normal. they managed to fix the problems with that track where the train derailed on friday, so you're good on the green line today. >> the derailment that they attributed to the heat. and i guess the big question this morning is for meteorologist tom kierein. when do we get back to normal? >> now. >> yes! >> right now, i'm happy to report, thankfully, things have fundamentally changed. weather pattern has changed. we've got a front that is now stalled over our region, bringing us some cooler weather, but also some scattered showers and thunder showers that have been rolling in from the west heading east across west virginia, maryland, northern virginia and across the bay on to the eastern shore.
the heaviest rains are on the eastern shore with thunder and lightning there, but most of the thunder and lightning has ended locally, although we are still getting some flashes of lightning in northern montgomery county, howard, into frederick county and carroll county in maryland and some of the creeks and streams out of their banks in frederick county, so watch out for high water in the dark predawn hours here. getting another area of some showers, thunder and lightning now from near warrenton and rappahannock county drifting east. there is another cluster of moderate downpours with some thunder and lightning in the panhandle of west virginia, but the heaviest rains, cambridge to salisbury, the atlantic beaches, advancing to the east. temperatures around the region right now in the 70s. 76 at reagan national. and later today into the 80s, thankfully. that's the high. and high's only in the mid-80s after that through much of the rest of the week, but a few scattered storms this morning and a chance this afternoon. again tomorrow. partly sunny wednesday, but each day, thursday, friday, saturday, sunday, a chance of afternoon
storms, highs in the 80s. back in ten minutes. danella has a look at traffic. good morning. >> good morning, tom. still seeing the northbound lanes of gw parkway, closed from memorial drive to spout run parkway due to a downed tree. flooding in reston taking away your lanes. this is on burfoot lane, closed from lawyers road to stuart mill road. high-standing water. if you see it, please avoid it. along route 50, we had the road buckle taking away most of the left lanes. only the right lane was getting by. this is near collington road and eastbound 50 is nice and clear. no issues in the area. i-66 looks nice as well making your way eastbound from fairfax county parkway, westbound as well nice and clear. no accidents. not seeing any problems if that's your commute. outside the beltway as well as inside. angie, over to you. >> danella, thank you. major league baseball's all-star game is tomorrow, and three washington nationals will help represent their team. pitchers gio gonzalez and stephen strasburg and outfielder
bryce harper were selected to represent the national league. harper is an injury replacement. he is the youngest position player ever to play in an all-star game as well. shortstop ian desmond was selected for the team but pulled out because of a sore oblique muscle. well, the nationals entered the all-star break on a down note. top of the ninth, tied ball game. pitcher tyler clippard throws his first wild pitch of the season. that scores a run. the rockies go up 4-3 and that's how it goes down. that is how it ends. the nats go into the all-star break leading the n.l. east by four games. 5:25 now. there is a new study that shows man's best friend could make your kids healthier. a studyonducted in finland says children who are exposed to dogs starting at infancy usually had fewer respiratory and ear infections. researchers believe the dirt and allergens that a dog usually has helps develop a child's immune system, but they are quick to point out there might be other
causes for the lower infection rates as well. the "today" show begins this morning at 7:00 a.m. with a new co-host. it is savannah guthrie's first day on the job, and she is calling it a real pinch me moment. she's taking over for ann curry, who is taking on a new role at nbc. guthrie joined the "today" show last june as co-host of the show's third hour and as chief legal correspondent. our time right now is 5:26. how lawmakers are debating the meaning of june's jobs report, even days after it was released. also ahead, buildings ripped to shreds. we'll go back live to spotsylvania county, which saw some of the most devastating damage from this weekend's powerful storms. and remembering a legend. a look back at the life and career of one of the most unlikely lea
crews spent the weekend repairing the track damaged by friday's train derailment. the wildfire burning in colorado may finally be brought under control today. plus, we have breaking news in fairfax county and part of the gw parkway is also closed. good morning, everyone. a lot of news to get to. i'm angie goff. eun yang is off this morning. >> and i'm aaron gilchrist. welcome back to "news 4 today" on this monday, july 9th. off to a busy start indeed. we begin with a look at the weather. you look outside. it's also busy in the skies, filled with lightning and thunder for a lot of folks, still seeing rain across much of the area right now. meteorologist tom kierein is here to break it down for us. >> the good news, it's cooler. >> yes. >> yes. >> no more 100-degree heat. >> say it again, tom! >> i say it again, no more 100-degree heat. we should create a song and keep singing it all day long, because in the foreseeable future, i don't think we're going to have anymore extreme heat, thankfully. along with that showers and thunder and lightning, but no
severe weather. storm4 radar showing this conveyor belt of moving color. these are all showers and thunder showers rolling west to east out of west virginia, and in northern virginia and much of maryland. eastern shore, though, are getting the heaviest rains with thunder and lightning. right now, closer to washington, don't have any rain falling right in washington or much of prince george's county. just a few sprinkles there. montgomery county, the northern part of the county and right along the howard county line getting some moderate downpours, and into frederick county, some creeks and streams out of their banks there. farther southwest of washington from near prince william county into faulkier and rappahannock, into the shenandoah valley, getting some moderate showers there with a little thunder and lightning as well as the panhandle of west virginia. and as we go through the rest of the day today, thankfully, cooler temperatures, right now in the 70s across most of virginia and maryland, even 60s in the mountains. later today, though, here's your "day planner." by noontime, maybe a few scattered thunder showers, low to mid-80s. mid to late afternoon, mid-80s to upper 80s by late afternoon
with a small chance of an additional storm. right now, melissa mollet is in spotsylvania county surveying the damage. good morning, melissa. >> reporter: well, good morning to you, tom. we spoke as we were driving down here this morning and we know at this point we are waiting for the national weather service. they should be here some time early afternoon to take a look here and determine whether it was strong winds that ripped through this area of fredericksburg last night or perhaps an actual tornado that touched down here at some point. let me step out of the way so you can see what happened along fleming street here. if you look to the right, i know it's a little difficult, it's a little dark. it is a two-story, white cinder block building. that place is called shear fusion. it's been here about ten years. the entire roof of that building ripped off while 20 girls and their parents were inside last night. if we pan to the left, you can see just about a block away right here, kind of almost less than a block, you can see this house. look at this. the roof of sheer fusion basically looks like it's melted into the side of the home here. you can see the front porch completely off kilter.
two people were inside. we know one elderly woman, she is okay. as for sheer fusion, seven people inside that building were injured. four of them went to the hospital, stayed there overnight and are expected to recover from some minor injuries. now, take a look at what happened just down the street here. there is a section, kind of a strip mall down the road. that's another area that was hard hit. just down the block, a mattress store, a battery store, also a hair salon, all of them damaged. very, very upsetting, all of this for residents here. amazing nobody was seriously injured. we spoke with the assistant fire chief here in response vaspotsy county last night. >> we are just grateful there were no significant injuries in this building that collapsed with all the children and parents and dance instructors that were in there. >> reporter: it really is amazing when you are out here. i mean, you can see, i think, the debris scattered across the yard. we have all kinds of insulation and drywall, pieces of duct work all across the yard here, even in the parking lot where i'm
standing across the street here. so, very, very scary moments for a lot of people down here last night. so of course, not only is this rain, this nasty weather causing a problem here, but also, danella, we understand on the roads this morning as well, right? >> that's right, melissa. and right now i'm following breaking news on gw parkway. as melissa mentioned, weather affecting your commute. we have a downed tree affecting your northbound lanes. so, all of your northbound lanes, gw parkway, closed at this time from memorial drive to spout run parkway due to the downed tree in that area. we have an accident also eastbound i-70 at route 94. that's woodbine road. accident there now blocks two left lanes. at least you've got one extra lane back. let's head to the rails. a couple delays, all on the marc. camden south train 831, 13-minute delay and two 5-minute delays on the brunswick east and penn south, train 505. angie, over to you. we are following breaking news right now.
fairfax county police are on the scene of a deadly shooting involving one of their own officers. let's head right out to news4's megan mcgrath with the very latest on this incident. good morning, megan. >> reporter: well, good morning, angie. this began to unfold at around 11:20 this morning in the area of fry road and madge lane. police officers saw who men they say were acting suspiciously in the area. they say one of those men was armed with a handgun and actually fired on police, and that's when they returned fire. i'm joined by shelly broderick with the fairfax county police. talk a little bit about how this began to unfold. >> we had two officers that were in the area last night, and they observed two individuals that were acting suspiciously. they approached those two individuals. one of them fled. the officers pursued that man on foot. there was an altercation, and during that altercation, the man produced a handgun and fired at the officers. in return, one of our officers returned fire on him, striking
him. >> reporter: and he died? >> he was transported to mt. vernon hospital where he died a short time later. >> reporter: what can you tell me about the second suspect? >> the second suspect fled when the officers pursued the other one, and at this point, we have not located him. >> reporter: and the officers are okay? >> our officers are okay at this point. they have not required medical treatment. >> reporter: okay. thanks for joining us here this morning. and you can see behind me here still an active scene. we have investigators here. they've actually blocked off fry road right in the area of madge lane and will be here for a little while longer as they wrap up collection of the physical evidence involved in this case. but one person has died and a second suspect is still at large at this point. back to you all in the studio. >> thank you, megan. right now, george zimmerman is staying at a florida safe house. he was released from jail on friday after posting a $1 million bond. zimmerman is wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet and he can't leave seminole county. the judge revoked his $150,000 bond after prosecutors accused him and his wife of misleading
the court about their finances. a gruesome discovery for rescue workers. three boys are dead after drowning in a creek on maryland's eastern shore. two 12-year-olds and an 8-year-old were reported missing early sunday morning in the town of federalsburg. the boys were last seen playing in a church parking lot. crews found their bodies during a search today in a creek across from the church. the boys' names have not been released yet. investigators do not suspect any foul play at this time. friday's jobs report has both sides of the political aisle scrambling to spin the numbers. 80,000 jobs were created in june. the unemployment rate remained at 8.2%. republicans say this is a clear example that president obama's policies are simply not working for the american people, but democrats say any positive jobs report should be celebrated. >> we are at a net positive in jobs, in private-sector jobs, from when president obama took office, so we're continuing to move in the right direction.
>> 41 straight months now of unemployment above 8%. >> democrats are also hammering mitt romney on his offshore bank accounts. they say it shows he's completely out of touch with the middle class. the time right now is 5:38. still ahead this hour -- >> hi, jeremiah. >> hello, jeremiah. >> okay, this seems like a pretty typical conversation until you realize that it's the same person on both ends of it. the viral video years in the making. and much of our area still getting drenched after a powerful line of storms started coming through. how long will they last? tom has your f
this morning, there is a new kardashian. "e!" news is reporting cortney kardashian and her husband have welcomed their second child and first daughter. and the name, penelope disick. not too crazy. she was born early yesterday morning weighing 7 pounds and 14 ounces. no word yet if the family will show the footage of the birth on their hit reality show "keeping up with the kardashians," but if i were to put money on it, i'd put a million dollars they're going to show that, you know? >> i wish i cared. i don't even know who cortnur k kardashian is. some people do, very much so. absolutely. >> something they do care about is the weather.
>> absolutely. we all do. 5:41 now and tom kierein is here to deliver the good news, tom. >> something we all care about. good morning. we have had a break in the high heat, thanks to this stalled front that's over us that's been giving us some showers and some thunder and lightning this morning with no severe weather other than some flooding. there are some creeks and streams out of their banks in frederick county. watch out for that. we've had some continual downpours passing right through there with up to four inches of rain. farther south and west of washington in prince william, faulkier county getting moderate rain, a little thunder and lightning there, as well as anne arundel and the eastern shore, heaviest downpours with thunderer and lightning. right now, thankfully, it's much more pleasant temperaturewise. low to mid-70s most of the region now. later today, here's your "day planner" for this monday. we'll have a likelihood of a few more scattered showers and thunder showers through noontime and then mid to late afternoon, things settle down, just mostly cloudy, highs reaching upper oi80s with a small chance of a shower or thunder shower. more in ten minutes.
danella has your traffic. still following breaking news on gw parkway. a downed tree blocking northbound lanes from memorial drive to route 123. please be aware of that also seeing high-standing water blocking your lanes along burfoot lane. your closures are between lawyers road to stuart mill road. if you see high-standing water, please avoid it. now, traffic lights are out. this is route 108 clarksburg pike at columbia road. when you come to any traffic lights that are out, please treat them as a four-way stop. checking the roads, a live look at the beltway. no issues in montgomery county traveling the inner loop or outer loop at 29 colesville road. completely clear. also looking around to virginia, no incidents to report. traveling along the inner loop here as you make your way towards braddock and outer loop towards the interchange, nice and clear. angie and aaron, over to you. >> okay. thank you, danella. right now it is 5:43. can't make it to london for the summer's olympics? the best time to travel to the city if you want to save some
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an update now on a buckled road in bowie. everything is back open for this morning's commute. the heat buckled part of route 50 near route 197 yesterday afternoon, shut down three eastbound lanes, forcing drivers down to just one lane and the shoulder. 13 before the hour. the cause of a fast-moving house fire under investigation in prince george's county this morning. firefighters had to evacuate that home on marjorie drive in largo when conditions got too dangerous inside for them to continue fighting the flames. luckily, no one was hurt. the fire caused extensive damage to the front of that house and the garage. this morning, one person is in custody in connection with a stabbing, a triple stabbing in the district. this happened in the 3600 block
of 14th street northwest near spring road. police are trying to figure out what led up to that violence. all three people stabbed are expected to survive. today, d.c. council chairman mendelson will hold his first press conference as chairman. he took over the council chair? june after kwame brown stepped down when he was charged with bank fraud and campaign finance violations. mendelson is expected to discuss big issues for the district, including drunk driving, sobriety tests and new taxi rules. we could find out today if plans to put a whole foods in prince george's county will move forward. developers want to build a mixed-use towns center in riverdale park right off us-1 and east west highway. for months, neighbors there had fought the plans, concerned about traffic gridlock. the county council could call for a vote on that issue as soon as this afternoon. today, we're going to get an update on the huge chesapeake bay restoration project. key players of the water pollution efforts are meeting near mt. vernon today.
environmental protection agency representatives are scheduled to attend along with maryland governor martin o'malley and d.c. mayor vincent gray. virginia governor bob mcdonnell is sending reps since he's overseas on a trade mission. the chesapeake bay cleanup is one of the biggest water pollution projects ever in the u.s. now, just as many residents thought their power was back on for good, thousands are back in the dark this morning. pepco's numbers have dropped significantly in the past half hour, down to just over 300 outages now. northern virginia, on the other hand, was the hardest hit. dominion power reporting about 3,900 customers still in the dark. and bge's numbers are still rising, up a couple hundred from 30 minutes ago to about 1,900 outages right now. today, our more than week-long heat wave is coming to an end, but the record temperatures have taken a toll. 74 deaths are blamed on triple-digit temperatures across the country. 13 deaths were in maryland and 10 were reported in virginia.
illinois has been hardest hit by the heat. 18 people died there since the beginning of the heat wave. boy, did we have a weekend of breaking records and probably a couple thermometers as well. >> and we spell relief t-o-m. >> i like that. >> tom kierein is bringing better news. >> i brought back from vacation cooler weather. we had it 100 degrees or higher thursday, friday, saturday and sunday. saturday and sunday we set new records, but thankfully, we're getting back to average highs throughout the rest of the week. i don't think we'll get above 90 throughout the rest of the week, but look at all the bright night lightning that was flashing in our sky last night. this is from our nbc 4 city camera, showing all that lightning. it probably kept you awake along with those loud booms of thunder overnight. but now, thankfully, things have settled down. looking at storm4 radar now, we do have just some lingering showers, little thunder and lightning, but no severe weather. this is all advancing west to east out of west virginia into
maryland and virginia. right now right around washington. just a few sprinkles, but the roadways are wet. and so, watch out. you're going to have to allow yourself some extra time. don't tailgate, don't speed. you might spin out. we've already had some accidents, people hitting those ramps going too fast and spinning out. the roadways are wet. getting some heavy downpours, these areas in orange, and that includes frederick county, where they have creeks and streams out of their banks. many of the rural roads there have high water flowing over the roads, so watch out for that. panhandle of west virginia getting some moderate showers near charlestown to martinsburg, and then winchester down to la ray, front royal, just lighter showers. east of that, faulkier county getting moderate rain and a few pockets of thunder and lightning in southern prince william county, just now crossing the potomac and heading into charles county near waldorf. may get some brief, heavy downpours there over the next hour or so, but the heaviest rains are on the eastern shore from eastern maryland to cambridge to salisbury, all the way to the atlantic beaches,
getting some really heavy rain there now and a lot of thunder and lightning. but this should taper off and should briefly settle down here by later this afternoon. now, the other main big story is that temperatures are cooler all throughout maryland and virginia. most locations are just in the low to mid-70s. in fact, some of these pockets in green are in the 60s. that includes parts of northern maryland, western maryland, west virginia and the highlands there, central shenandoah valley, too, only in the 60s this morning. what a wonderful break from the intense heat we've had the last number of days. now it's all settled in washington, as a live view from our hd city camera. sunrise was at 5:51, just occurring now, and as we get to noontime, we'll be in the mid-80s and a likelihood of a few more passing showers, maybe some thunder and lightning between now and noon, but after that, we should settle down. highs reaching upper 80s by mid-afternoon under a mostly cloudy sky. still going to be steamy humidity, though, and just a smaller chance of an additional shower or thunder shower later
this afternoon. here's your four-day forecast. overnight tonight just some clouds around, down near 70 by dawn tomorrow. then another chance maybe of a morning shower or ths thunder shower, but maybe a little greater chance during the afternoon and evening on tuesday and highs tomorrow just into the mid-80s. then wednesday looks like the settled day of the week and partly sunny. only a slight risk of a storm. highs reaching the mid-80s on wednesday afternoon. and then on thursday, we do have an increasing chance of maybe some more showers and thunderstorms as we'll still have that front sort of draped around our region, drifting a little bit farther north, and that will increase our chances for some more scattered storms on thursday, friday, saturday and sunday, each day, mainly during the afternoon. could get some thunderstorms. but the good news, highs only in the 80s. i'm back in ten minutes with another update. danella's here now with a look at traffic. good morning. >> good morning, tom. still tracking breaking news on gw parkway. a downed tree blocking all of the northbound lanes between memorial circle. this is also to route 123. you'll be diverted on to
memorial circle at this time. let's head over to eastbound great seneca highway at dawson farm road. debris blocking the right lane in that area. also, still seeing the accident in the process of being cleared. single-vehicle crash, a driver spun out. very wet roadways. you've got to slow down, folks. right now, two of the left lanes are blocked traveling eastbound i-70 at woodbine road. and let's check out 395. a live look right now. no issues northbound or southbound as you make your way from edsall continuing towards the 14th street bridge in both directions, nice and clear. angie and aaron, over to you. >> thank you, danella. 5:54 now. a 10-year-old texas boy has a real fish tale to share with his friends. hunter stevens was out fishing with his family this weekend. that was near galveston. when he reeled in a bull shark. look at that. with a little help from his dad, he was able to bring the big fish in. after posing for a few pictures, the family decided to release the shark back into the ocean, as if they had a choice.
>> i wouldn't be getting my hands on that thing. all right, well, today google is launching a new campaign to support rights for the lgbt community. it's called legalize love. and at first, the internet was all abuzz because they thought google was launching a worldwide push to legalize same-sex marriage, but the tech giant says the new campaign is about promoting safer conditions for gay and lesbian people inside and outside the office in countries with antigay laws. hi, jeremiah. >> hello, jeremiah. >> how are things? >> okay. this is very unusual. >> yes, definitely. quite cool, you know? here i am on the screen and here you are. >> one filmmaker achieved what we've all dreamed of, a conversation with our past self. this is 32-year-old jeremiah mcdonald talking to himself as a 12-year-old back in 1992. he posted this video last thursday and it already has more than 5.1 million views on
youtube. okay. a great loss in the entertainment industry. this morning, hammy wood is mourning the loss of oscar-winning actor ernest borgnine. he died yesterday at a los angeles hospital with his family by his side. borgnine may have been best known as the mischievous naval officer in "mchale's navy." in 1955, he won a best actor academy award for playing a love-sick butcher in "marty." ernest borgnine was 95 years old. with just a little more than two weeks left until the li olympics, you may feel london calling, but you'll want to wait a little longer to take a trip across the pond. financial company kiplinger says october may be the best time to go to the british isles. that's because while the country is going through post-olympic withdrawal, there are likely to be great travel deals available. smartertravel.com says historically, there is a travel lull after any olympic games, and it can be a great time to snag some bargains. a daredevil in china lucky
to be alive this morning. take a look. he was walking backwards on a tight rope. he was also blind-folded, as you see there. he was more than 650 feet in the air, and suddenly, he just kind of lost his balance a little bit with that pole and he slipped right off that tight rope and fell into the cavern below. he survived, amazingly. he was not seriously hurt either. he later told chinese tv that he felt faint because he had been up there for almost an hour and he slipped because of the wind. >> and you notice that when he emerged, he was in all the shrubs and the brush, and it's important, a guess, to point out that he actually fell not as far as what he was originally walking over, because this was closer to the end. >> closer to the end, so lucky. >> thankfully for him. but i know we were talking about this before, but if you're feeling faint, you just don't get on a tight rope. >> skip it. that's right. 5:57 now. straight ahead on "news 4 today" at 6:00, we're tracking breaking news. an officer-involved shooting leaves a man dead in fairfax county. plus, we're live in one