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Storms and power outages visit region Sunday

Monday - 6/3/2013, 3:28am  ET

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The world outside the WTOP studios looks pretty gloomy as storms approach. (WTOP/Lacey Mason)
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WASHINGTON - Late spring storms have left some areas, mostly in Northern Virginia and D.C., Prince George's County and Montgomery County, without power.

Dominion Virginia tells WTOP outages for its customers will continue through the night and potentially Monday afternoon.

Pepco has crews onsite working to repair downed wires, but tells WTOP it expects restoration by 3 a.m. A majority of the more than 1,500 outages were fixed by 2:45 a.m.

  • Dominion: About 454 out in Fauquier County, 42 in Fairfax County and 5 in Arlington.

  • Pepco: About 340 in Montgomery County and 11 in Prince George's County.

Contacting power companies

Should the electricity go off, here are the the websites and phone numbers for area power companies:

To get the numbers for power companies, text POWER to 91035.


Airports

There are delays at all local airports as a result of stormy weather passing through.

Dulles is seeing delays from between 1.5 and 2 hours while Reagan has delays around an hour.

Delays at BWI are ranging from 1 and 3 hours.

Travelers should check with their airlines for the status of their flight before leaving.


Heat Wave

WASHINGTON - It's heating up across the East Coast. If power outages have you without airconditioning or your otherwise feeling the heat, here are some tips to keep cool.

  • Drink a glass of fluid every 15 to 20 minutes and at least one gallon each day.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine. They both dehydrate the body.
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Take frequent cool showers or baths.
  • If you feel dizzy, weak, or overheated, go to a cool place. Sit or lie down, drink water, and wash your face with cool water. If you don't feel better soon, get medical help quickly.
  • Work during cooler hours of the day when possible, or distribute the workload evenly throughout the day.
  • Keep blinds drawn and windows open if there is any breeze at all. Open windows on opposing sides of your home to create a cross-breeze. Position chairs and beds in the way of the breeze instead of in corners.
  • Hang damp towels in windows to make the air cooler.
  • Keep lotions in the fridge, and bottles of water in the freezer.
  • Put as much cold food as possible in either the freezer or fridge, and open it as infrequently as possible. Objects stay cooler without power for longer than empty air.
  • Wrap a damp cloth around your neck or head.
  • Most importantly: Stay out of the sun.

For more information about the signs of heat stroke and what to do if you think someone has it, visit the CDC's website.

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