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Wind Knocks Out Power, Causes Serious Damage

Wind Knocks Out Power, Causes Serious Damage

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) -- Wind gusts knocked down trees and wires, knocked out power, and blew roofs off in the DC metro area Friday.

Snow Predicted - Power Outages Are a Possibility - Be Prepared

Snow Predicted - Power Outages Are a Possibility - Be Prepared

The National Weather Service is predicting accumulating snow this afternoon in Prince George’s County. Snow will arrive this afternoon and is expected to fall and accumulate quickly during the evening hours. The snow is expected to be of a heavy and wet texture, meaning, the weight of the snow accumulating on trees and overhead utility lines could result in power outages. The men and women of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department want you to remember Safety First!!!

<a href="http://suitland.wusa9.com/content/rescue-officials-warn-everyone-stay-ice">Rescue Officials Warn Everyone To Stay Off The Ice</a>

BLADENSBURG, Md. (WUSA) -- Prince George's County firefighters and medics are undergoing ice rescue classes all this week.  The classes are conducted every year to prepare for the worst case scenarios.

Firefighter Matthew Rickard says, "This time of year we have to be ready for any emergency that might arise."

Assistant Chief Richard Takacs says the frigid conditions provide a unique opportunity to keep these rescue workers on their toes.

Takacs says, "The suits do a great job of keeping them buoyant and warm, but it is a foreign environment, and we want them to get used to that, get used to hooking into the ropes and used to the rope techniques so that if an emergency should occur they are well prepared."

Even though the need for ice rescues are rare in this area, Takacs reminds everyone to stay away from the ice.