Temps Pushing 100 As DC Crews Clean-Up Following Deadly Storms
WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — It’s going to be a scorcher again for Washington, D.C., as it cleans up from Friday’s deadly storms that left millions without power.
According to The Weather Channel, the high is expected to be 100 degrees with more thunderstorms possible. The National Weather Service warned the heat index could reach 110 degrees. But by late morning, it was already plenty hot. On Friday, the nation’s capital reached 104 degrees — topping a record of 101 set in 1934.
Friday’s storms killed at least two people dead in the D.C. area and six in Virginia as nearly 2 million homes and businesses were left without power.
Matthew Pelow, 39, was supervising a 10-man crew spreading 275-degree asphalt in Washington. They kept bottles of water on hand and were working quickly to finish before the heat got any worse. They also arrived in the cooler early morning hours.
“We got here just as quick as we could,” Pelow said.
In northwest Washington, tree debris littered sidewalks and roadways. Abdul Hmed, 49, was outside sweeping up for several buildings that he’s responsible for cleaning. He had already been at it for two hours by 9 a.m. and expected to be working another two hours. He said the bus he took to work frequently had to swerve around fallen trees.
“It’s Mother Nature,” he said.
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