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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) - Summer officially begins today! Now that everyone is out of school, it's time to enjoy the summer. We've put together some fun free activities the whole family can enjoy.

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Power Companies Gearing Up for Thursday Storms

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA9) -- Myra Oppel was sitting in her office at Pepco's Headquarters when the Derecho of 2012 hit. 

She watched as the power company's outages jumped from a few thousand to almost half a million. By the time it was all over, more than two-million people in Virginia, Maryland, and the District were in the dark, and it would take nearly two weeks before all the power was restored.

Almost a year later, Oppel met with WUSA9 to discuss what Pepco's doing to prepare for this latest round of storms. 

City Of Manassas Gears Up for Cold Weather With Tree Trimming; Shares Energy-saving Tips

City Of Manassas Gears Up for Cold Weather With Tree Trimming; Shares Energy-saving Tips

The City of Manassas Department of Public Works and Utilities serves more than 15,000 customers and with the cold season coming, it’s just as important for Manassas to prepare for the cooler temperatures as it is for the home owner. Manassas City’s ongoing tree-trimming program helps to prevent most electric interruptions during storms, which costs $60,000 annually. With cooler nights already forcing many to turn their heat on, City of Manassas suggests these eight tips in helping to conserve this year’s heating bill. For more information and tips, go to www.manassascity.org.

 “Preparing your home before the winter months is essential in helping to conserve energy and save on heating bills,” said Mike Moon, City of Manassas, director of utilities and public works.

Here are some steps to help save on heating bills:

Charge It: What To Do If Sandy Wipes Out Power

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) -  It could happen. With upcoming storm Sandy threatening to potentially leave you in the dark, now is the time to buy the items that'll keep you plugged in.

Nathan Karcz of Eastern Mountain Sports in Arlington, Virginia showed us the latest camping gear that help you keep your phone charged, and maybe even your stomach full.

First, he showed us some headlamps, small lights that attach to your head with an elastic headband. "They are great, they provide LED light, you don't have to worry about the batteries going out," he said.

Weather-Related Delays, Cancellations In DC Area


WASHINGTON (WUSA) --Due to severe weather moving through the D.C. area on Tuesday, the following after school activities have been canceled.

1. Arlington Public Schools canceled afternoon activities & late buses. Extended Day operate as normal. No change evening activities. #APS

2. All Frederick County Public Schools afterschool and evening activities are canceled due to inclement weather.

3. All after school and evening student and community activities in Prince William County are cancelled due to the potential for severe weather. School Age Child Care (SACC) will close at its regular time.

Avoiding the Derecho's Autumn Harvest

On June 29th, like so many in the path of the Derecho, my power went out around 10PM. For roughly two days. Almost immediately I felt an itchiness arising from my carpet. By Sunday, since my apartment faces West and catches the afternoon Sun, I sought shelter in a hotel, as the temperature in my unit was fast approaching 90 degrees. I'm originally from upstate New York. Growing up, Summer was six weeks. I don't do heat, let alone this!

When I swung by my abode Monday morning, I had power, so I checked out of my temporary digs. The A/C was on; the apartment was cooling; but the scratchiness remained.