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Montgomery Co. Councilmember Battles Breast Cancer

GARRETT PARK, Md. (WUSA) -- Last month, Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Floreen announced on her blog that she had early stage breast cancer. She felt nothing when she did her breast self exam; neither did her doctor during an annual clinical exam.

It took a mammogram screening to find the suspicious mass. Early detection is the key to beating breast cancer and that is Councilmember Floreen's message now.

Nancy Floreen's entire public life has been in service to the people of Montgomery County, Maryland. She was Mayor of the Town of Garrett Park; since 2002, an at-large member of the County Council; and she served a one-year term as Council President in 2010.

Tornado Watch in Effect

From the Office of the Chief of Police:

The National Weather Service has issued a TORNADO WATCH for Montgomery County effective immediately until 8 pm tonight. Atmospheric conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms and tornadic development. 
  
Be prepared. Tornadoes can form from severe thunderstorms with little or no advanced warning. Know your safe room in your home, at school, and at work.  If driving and a tornado is spotted, leave your car immediately and move to shelter or a low lying area. Do not use highway overpasses as shelters. Remain alert for the issuance of warnings.  

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.

O'Malley Supports Fines Against Utilities for Extended Outages

O'Malley Supports Fines Against Utilities for Extended Outages

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WUSA) -- In the wake of a winter storm that left many Pepco customers in the dark for up to five days, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley said he will support legislation to fine utilities and rebate money to customers in the future.

"You'd think by this point they'd have better systems in place," O'Malley said. "It really underscores why it is we need reliability legislation so that there are some financial incentives and financial penalties in place."

Meanwhile, Pepco crews and contractors continued work Monday to restore power to the last of the customers without electricity.

"We have people here now who watch the weather and start making hotel reservations," said North Bethesda resident Bob Schultz whose condo development saw outages that continued into Monday morning. "We have no expectation that we're going to have good electric service."

Silver Spring Residents In The Dark

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA) -- More than 24 hours after a snowstorm smacked the Washington metro area, thousands are still without power.

Hundreds of residents in the Spring Vale neighborhood of Silver Spring have been told by PEPCO crews their power could be restored by 11 p.m. on Friday. However, those who live in the area tell 9NEWS NOW they aren't confident that will happen.

Spring Vale Terrace is an assisted living facility in the neighborhood that has its residents sitting cold and hungry. What little power they have is being run by electrical generators.

One neighbor, Ivaylo Gachev, a native of Bulgaria, said, "I've never seen it this bad." He was also out and about Thursday night checking on his elderly neighbors and bringing them food.

Montgomery County Map of Snow Plow Process

DOT crews worked overnight clearing Emergency Roads. At present all Emergency Roads are open and cleared full-width with exception of isolated areas of abandoned vehicles. Even though Emergency Roads are cleared, many areas exhibit isolated icy spots; therefore extreme caution must be exercised.

Crews mobilized to Secondary neighborhood streets and are clearing Secondary streets best characterized as snow covered and hard packed. This phase of the snow clearing operation can be tracked on the Snow Map. Plow crews will immediately move into neighborhood plowing operations immediately following plowing of Secondary roads.

DC-Area Residents Deal With Wintry Blast, Gridlock

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Residents in the D.C. area are struggling to cope with the latest wintry blast.

Usually traffic-choked Tysons Corner, Va., succumbed to total gridlock as the snow hit at the start of the afternoon rush Wednesday. Even when cars had a few inches to move forward, they skidded out on even the gentlest slopes. Fender benders abounded and a few hardy souls abandoned their cars and set out on foot.

VIEW SNOW SLIDESHOW HERE

One man said stomped through slush on the side of a Leesburg Pike bridge over the Capital Beltway. Cars around him were at a standstill while he made slow but steady progress.

Fifty-five-year-old Dan Willett of Silver Spring was headed home on Metro a couple hours early Wednesday afternoon. But he didn't need to head out for snow supplies as he planned to stay inside once he got home.