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Rockville residents venture out in the snow

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- It's stopped snowing in Rockville. On Rockville Pike it's just wet, not slippery, on Tuesday afternoon.

Bruce Leshan measured the snowfall with a yardstick and found maybe a little over two inches of snow. This is wet, heavy snow and if you're one of the thousands and thousands of schoolkids that are out, it is not actually the greatest sledding snow.

"At the beginning it's hard to go down the hill but then once you pack it down, it's easier," said one person.

"I had some pretty fast runs where I crashed into the gate. It's hard to get it started but once you start getting down the hill, it gets really fast," said another person.

One bad piece of news if you love to sled: usually thousands of kids go out to Stoneridge School. It has one of the most famous sledding hills, but school officials have locked the gates.

Free Summer Fun For The Family

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. 

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.

NWS: Tornado Warnings Not Real, Human Error

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- The National Weather Service tells us that tornado warnings Wednesday afternoon that appeared on its severe weather feeds, which we receive on our website, are not real. The warnings appear to be the product of human error.

Wednesday evening an NWS official in the Silver Spring office said they had determined that the tornado warnings were supposed to be an internal test but that the information was coded incorrectly.

They released this statement earlier Wednesday afternoon:

Reports of several severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings have been received by the National Weather Service Office in Sterling...There have been no warnings issued by this office...and absolutely no severe weather is occuring or expected. The National Weather Service is troubleshooting the issue at this time. To repeat...no warnings are in effect...and no severe weather or tornadic activity is occuring or expected.

FEMA chief: Stay at home in Irene's wake

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The head of the nation's emergency response agency says people shouldn't underestimate the danger once Hurricane Irene passes.

Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Craig Fugate says flooding, weakened trees and downed power lines pose a danger even after the storm moves north up the Atlantic Coast.

Fugate is urging people not to drive around and sightsee after the storm has passed through their areas. His advice: Stay inside, stay off the roads, and let the power crews do their job.

Fugate made the round of the Sunday talk shows as the storm moved through New York City and the Northeast.