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that will go until 11:00 tonight meaning the next several hours certainly it will feel to your body like it's in the triple digits. something we lucked out with today in terms of the temperatures, it's hot. at 6:00 it's 99 degrees. fredricksburg at 102. winchester, 100 degrees. when we combine the humidity, we get the heat index, which is like the opposite of the windchill. it's not much different because the humidity is not out of control today which brings me to tomorrow. we think the humidity may be higher tomorrow. so you have to get ready for that. the trade off, perhaps the temperatures will only climb to the mid-90s. that would not be record territory but mighty hot for a fourth day in a row. >> sue, see you in a bit. these broiling temperatures have power companies in d.c., maryland and virginia asking people to conserve energy.
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air conditioners, fans and they are concerned about power outages. tom fitzgerald continues the team coverage from inside the control room of one of those companies. >> reporter: well, the northern virginia electric cooperative serves 144,000 customers in six northern virginia counties. all of this extreme heat created an extreme demand for energy and it's creating here what they are calling an emergency event. here inside the power grid control room, the alarms are nonstop. >> it will not be as much drag on our system. that's another alarm. >> reporter: priscilla knight has been pleading with customers to cut back on electricity. >> we are asking everyone to cooperate. >> reporter: that will be key in avoiding power outages. engineers are fighting hard to avoid. how big of a demand are you
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facing? >> our demand is higher than what we have seen probably ever. >> reporter: larry's control screens are showing some areas of the power grid entering emergency emergency or high level ranges. >> it puts us on alert to try to keep an eye on those kind of stations that are running up in that alarm region. >> reporter: but customers are not powerless in helping prevent outages limiting air- conditioning is one way. >> if they will turn it up to 78 or even warmer, a lot. >> reporter: even replacing inefficient traditional lightbulbs with fluorescent will save energy. >> a traditional bulb produces 10% light but 90% heat. >> reporter: over the next few crucial evening hours, engineers say they plan on pouring over the power grid to ensure it stays standing in the face of an overwhelming demand. this peek demand is expected to
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last until 8:00 p.m. tonight. there are many more energy saving tips on the company's web site. you can reach it by going to our web site at tom fitzgerald, fox 5 news. >> pepco is asking customers to conserve energy. demand for electricity is not letting up as the intense heat wave continues. hundreds are without power. most of the outages in northeast and southeast, some people haven't had electricity since monday night. pepco crews are working on the problem and hope to have it online soon. this heat is tough on metro. reports came in that the overworked air-conditioning failed on some cars. on tuesday, trains on one stretch of the red line had to slow down. so far no problems have been reported on the track today. the riders we talked to said the ac in their rail cars are working fine. >> got a little crowded as usual but the car that i was on didn't have any problems.
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i know two cars back had a problem. >> reporter: air-conditioning? >> yeah. >> reporter: but your car? >> no problem at all. >> the heat is causing delays on mark trains. you can go to for tips on keeping cool and where the cooling centers are. a final good-bye to a college student murdered in fairfax county. the hunt for her killer continues. vanessa pham was found stabbed to death in her car last month. her funeral was held today. today police released new video in the case hoping it would lead them to their killer. karen gray houston has that part of the story. >> reporter: well, 10 minutes before vanessa pham was found dead in her car in a ditch, her car was spotted at the fairfax plaza shopping center on gallows road. was she in it alone? was someone in there with her?
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police want to know. they are asking the public for help. surveillance cameras picked up pham's white 2008 scion several times as it drove through the shopping center parking lot. from a distance, you can't see what is going on inside. the cameras never show the vehicle parked. she stopped, went in a nail salon. she spent about 24 minutes at the fairfax plaza mall. when she left the parking lot, she sat in her car for about 40 seconds at the exit despite numerous opportunities to make the right turn. police are interested in this red truck you are looking at, a red pickup truck. it mad a left turn into the parking lot and passed by pham's white car. >> it looks like if the driver of that truck had been there for several seconds, we are hoping that they could identify themselves and call police, let us know if they saw her in the vehicle and anybody with her. >> police want to hear from the
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drivers of the two or three cars that stopped behind pham's car that day. anybody with information is asked to contact crime solvers. >> karen gray houston live in the newsroom. there is a theft ring on the loose in fairfax county. police believe they have taken off with half a million dollars in landscaping equipment. there are 75 equipment thefts. one business honor reports he lost 30 grand in equipment. >> this is a first time for me. many other businesses, there is another fellow that was hit four times. >> they believe the group may be using a pick up or box truck to load up the stolen equipment. who will replace our nation's longest serving senator? we are learning new details about the search for a successor to robert byrd. that is coming up next. and weapons belonging to the israeli prime minister's security team eam 
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west virginia governor is calling for a special election to fill senate robert byrd's senate seat and he is considering running. he says he will not appoint himself to the seat. president obama says his effort to double u.s. exports over the next five years is moving right along. the president claims the
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nation's sales abroad were up 17% in the first four months of this year and reiterated his commitment to job growth. >> we launched the national export initiative, an ambitious effort to team up with america's businesses, large and small and help them unleash their energy and innovation and grow their markets, support new jobs selling their goods and services across the globe. >> as many as four guns belonging to the security team for israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu are gone, either lost or stolen here in the u.s. the handguns were in two suitcases that got lost when the security officials flew from new york to d.c. on american airlines. the suitcases later turned up in los angeles, no guns. so far no comment from american
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airlines. the new york port authority is investigating. russian war games in full swing in siberia. the drill involves 5,000 troops happening in provinces bordering mongolia and china. the military exercise is a way for russia to show it can control far away sparsely populated regions. russia says they are staged to practice deployment. coming up next at 6:00, they rush to your rescue when there is a struggle. how are firefighters coping in the heat.
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break willing news in -- breaking news on potomac, maryland. sherri ly says she is right next to it. i would assume not within the block or so. she is very close. i understand the problem first of all trying to figure out who owns it. >> reporter: that's right. earlier in the day this was reported this afternoon to montgomery county fire that there was water coming up from the ground there. and at that point they tell us they noticed wssc but there appears to be confusion whether it belongs to wssc or rockville city. i spoke to a spokesperson from wscc. he said turning off the flow to the pipe depends on figuring out who owns it. they have to turn the flow off but elsewhere from here there are crews on the scene here ready to make repairs as needed but first they have to get the water turned off. as you can tell from the pictures on sky fox, this thing is shooting. it's a gusher. i would say from where i'm
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standing, probably 80, 90, maybe 100 feet up into the air. i'm about 40, 50 feet away from where it blew. i'm getting sprayed with water. there is a huge lake of water in a front yard here where the water is shooting now. and really a mess out here. the one good thing i can tell you -- i talked to several people in the neighborhood. they are telling us they are not seeing impact as far as their water is concerned. they have water in the neighborhood. i couldn't tell you how long that will be. many are concerned about that. again, wssc is here on the scene and ready to make repairs if it is one of their pipes. neighbors tell us they get bills from wssc so we are leaning to that direction. the water is just coming out. >> all right. sherri ly live on the scene. the difference between the last water main break, this is 24
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inches, two feet that you are looking at. the water main causing the water restrictions this week is 8 feet tall which they managed to get fixed. so, that is a situation they will try to get a handle on. we will stay on top of it. hopefully not the same water recedes strikes we had. sue, you are watching a pop up storm. >> here and there. they are are not many of these. we could use a few more. any rain could help. it's dry everywhere. seeing a couple of showers moving away from southern st. mary's county. not a lot but maybejust maybe we see a few more dotting the radar tomorrow and then perhaps a few more again on friday. a little better chance for showers and storms in the forecast friday and saturday to begin bringing relief into the region. over to the weather map, we want to talk about what you can expect the next several days in terms of the weather headlines. the head wave will continue. triple digit heat probably won't happen tomorrow.
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the heat index may be around 100. air temperature closer to mid- 90s is uncomfortable. because the humidity is higher, it wasn't as high as it could have been today. slight chance of a cooling storm tomorrow. don't bank on it. some relief this weekend, maybe upper 80s. temperatures, third day in a row of triple digit heat. bwi at 101. all new records. temperature trend so you can get an idea what is coming your way, perhaps today was the last brutal day. 95 not a picnic. well above average of 88. 93 for saturday. compared to the last three days that's a little bit of a bend. cooler temperatures on the other half of the country. we talk about the seesaw in weather. they are shivering in california. meanwhile, we have a lot of heat in our region at 99
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degrees. lincoln, nebraska, 75. casper wyoming 65 degrees. we are advertising that tomorrow will be more humid. with that humidity, we could kick up a few thunderstorms here and there. thursday afternoon, you can see what we are talking about with the humidity, maybe a couple of downpours that will cool you off. better news closer to friday. a front is coming. it has enough that we think between that and a system moving in from the atlantic, we may squeeze out a better chance of showers and storms and maybe just maybe that will help out. we know it's dry on top of everything else going on. that front is closer on saturday. again, still a chance for a shower or thunderstorm. it will try to push the humidity out of here. a few signs that are hopeful. i want to mention tonight we do not cool off at all. washington will drop to 80. germantown 73. fredricksburg 78. no big cooling at night which means we get started on a hot note in the morning and that
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means tomorrow uncomfortable. not heat index category. we have the heat advisory until 11:00 tonight. no word if that will be issued tonight. tomorrow slightly less hot but more humid. that's the trade off. 95 and a slight chance for a thunderstorm. five-day forecast, we will aim for 95 tomorrow. 93 friday. better chance of showers and storms, widely scattered friday and saturday. be happy with you gulf temperature one. everything is brown out there. with this kind of heat, you want to let the grass go. don't cut it. let it get brown. don't try to keep up with the water. >> save money. >> we will have a lot more days like this. >> you are not shamed by your neighbors. >> let it go brown, the new green. you think this heat is hard to handle, imagine being a firefighter working in these conditions with the heavy equipment they have to wear battling the flames. d.c. fire chief joined us earlier on fox 5 morning news
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to explain. >> well, a couple of things occur. the commander has to rotate crews through quicker. we go to a multiple alarm to add more firefighters in this kind of weather very early. we do about a 20 minute all out work cycle which represents about eight hours of work by the way followed by a 40 minute rest cycling. during that cycle we take members vitals to make sure that they are okay, replacing fluids and cooling them down. >> when your firefighters go out to a call, do they have special units they take with them, especially during these tough heat conditions? >> this is that unit. we have twthe city. they are staffed during high temperature times by our volunteer members. you can see one is in a chair where he can plunge his arm so that wrist cooling device and about 10 or 15 minutes of circulation will take his core temperature down a degree or
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two. it's cold water, not ice as you can see. the idea is that we can cool a firefighter down knowing that they have to get back to work and we have cooling towels as an example. in the back of the unit, you will see that paramedics are taking blood pressure and temperature of the members, making certain that they will be able to work the rest of the shift. the other problem is once a firefighter is at an early morning fire, they have 23 plus hours in front of them that they have to go. >> we know it's tough. we thank them for their service. professional tennis returns to downtown d.c. dave feldman live with the casino cells -- kastles. tles.
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i'm dave feldman. today a world cup semifinal to
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see who would play holland in the championship, germany, spain? here is what happened from south africa. spain the european champs two years ago looking for the first final. germans won in 74. carlos with the header. the lone goal. spain wins 1-0. madrid is not closing down tonight. we will have the first time champ come sunday when spain plays holland for the title. joining me now is murphy jenson, the head coach of the washington kastles, the defending champs. you have been in the sun all day. >> i think i have been in the sun the past 41 years being a tennis players. they chase the sun. it's good to be back here especially at our home court with venus williams. >> talk about someone with an impressive resume. tonight she makes her appearance. >> she wasn't on the team. we won with serena. we better add to the ante.
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and we have both williams sisters. >> she plays martina in the singles. >> we have a hall of fame tennis match. i'm kind of nervous. the pressure is on the coach to come up with a good strategy to beat martina. [no audio]. >> we lost dave feldman as you can clearly tell. let's go to sue palka who is on standby. >> the heat probably had something to do with that. it will be brutal for the tennis players. today may have been the worst of it. we got up to 102 degrees. check out the five-day forecast. we can take it down to about 95 tomorrow. that is by no means a cool break in the heat wave but we
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will continue to see temperatures in the low 90s to upper 80s. that should be a break for the tennis players. i understand we have dave feldman back. >> all right, sue. thanks very much. no one cuts off murphy. we are talking about the defending champs. are you feeling good about winning again with your squad? >> last year i predicted -- guaranteed that we would win the whole thing. i'm lucky with first. the first time i played the french open i won. the first time i coached in d.c. the greatest honor that i'm coaching the most successful sporting franchise in washington, d.c. if shanahan is not up to it, i know a few quarterback moves. it's an honor and privilege to be here. i have amazing stage and platform to share this great game of tennis. we have the best team in the league. d.c. is a great tennis town. what you will see tonight is world team tennis developed by
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billie jean king and this format recrates excitement. you can win three sets yet still lose the match. it's games won and loss. we are fired up. if it got any hotter, my head would explode. >> and you will have serena williams. >> venus. how many players -- hour team is travel wearing french open trophies. >> i have to cut you off. >> really. >> i have to go back to brian bolter. he has to end the show. >> hi, brian. >> let him say good-bye. he's a talker for sure. see you back here at 10:00. d t tos
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