5 Things to Know This Week: July 2 - July 8
Check out the latest storm damage updates, and more in today's "5 Things."
Good morning, Potomac! It’s Monday morning, and time to get your work week started with these “5 Things.” Among our offerings: weather, a recap of the weekend storm damage and what you can expect coming up this week.
1. The next week is calling for high temperatures and a chance of thunderstorms or rain. Highs will stay in the 90s, with lows dropping to the 70s. Today will bring mostly sunny skies with a chance of thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service. Today’s high will be 93, with tonight’s lows dropping to 66.
2. Friday’s storm caused a lot of damage around the region. Governor Martin O’Malley declared a state of emergency, as hundreds of thousands of people across the state sat in a heatwave without power. Authorities are asking residents to check on elderly or sick neighbors this week as high temperatures continue. One fatality has been reported in Montgomery County after Friday’s storms.
3. Pepco has said it may take more than a week to reach full power restoration across the region. The plans to bring in mutual assistance crews from as far away as Oklahoma, and tree trimmers are due to arrive from the Carolinas. Do you have a store of power outage survival to share? Email Katie.Griffith@patch.com and tell us what you’ve been dealing with.
4. If you’re still without power at your home and wondering how to handle meal preparation, we have a rundown of USDA recommendations for food safety, and a Maryland Department of Health tip sheet on cooking without power. Going out to eat may start to get old after a while, so make sure you and your family are safely able to prepare food at home.
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