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Posted at 6:01 AM ET, 08/18/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Watch that water

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. It's a mess out there, so please be careful driving in and around. Here's an update from Dr. Gridlock on the traffic situation. Also, if you're commuting in via the Red Line, you should know that the entrance escalators that were out at the Tenleytown/AU stop are now working again.

Coming up today.

Flood watch. We'll continue to keep our eye on the weather situation. The National Weather Service has issued flood watches around the region through noon today -- so far. We're already getting reports of road closures and car being stranded by high waters. Check back with us for updates.

Fenty vs. Gray. The Democratic primary is less than a month away -- and if you want to hear from the major candidates for mayor, you'll have your chance today. At noon, Mayor Adrian Fenty and D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray will be on the Kojo Nnamdi show. We'll cover the event as it happens and offer post-debate analysis.

Fenty and Gray and their records The Post also will begin a series of articles on the race for D.C. mayor between Fenty and Gray. On Thursdays, Post reporters will examine Mayor Fenty's record as mayor. Friday's wil be devoted to Gray, his background and experience in D.C government.

Metrobus imposter. The D.C. teenager accused of stealing a Metrobus and driving it into a tree appears in court today. William Jackson, 19, was wearing a Metro bus driver's uniform when he walked into a Metro bus yard and drove away with a bus. Metro officials have tightened bus yard security since the July incident. We'll update you on any news that comes out of the hearing.

Today's headlines.

We're going to get a good soaking today. The Capital Weather Gang said that by 8 a.m. one to two inches of rain has already fallen. This storm system won't come with that steaming, jungle-like feel we sometimes get around here. Temperatures will be in the 70's and we're unlikely to see the sun today. We could be in for some cooler temperatures into the weekend -- think 80's. Something to keep in mind if you're taking part in our end-of-summer weather contest (see below.)

Hot seat. Pepco executives told the Maryland Public Service Commission yesterday and said they weren't "terribly disappointed" with their work during recent storms that left nearly half a million households in Montgomery and Prince George's counties in the dark. But faced with a very angry governor and very irate members of the Commission said they do plan to make improvements. Folks who went for several days without power or who encountered only busy signals when they tried to report outages might beg to differ. And one executive did acknowledge that Pepco is one of the worst power providers in surveys that examine day-to-day reliability. This isn't the last you'll hear about the utility's performance. Post columnist Robert McCartney will have more to say about Pepco's performance in his Thursday column.

They're in the money. It's nothing but grim budget news all around -- unless you're in Virginia where state officials announced an anticipated budget surplus is actually double of what was expected Gov. Robert F. McDonnell is expected to announce Thursday he'll spend the $404 million on schools, roads and give state workers a 3 percent bonus.

The race in Ward 6. Mike DeBonis takes a look at the D.C. Council race in Ward 6, where incumbent Tommy Wells is campaigning for another term. He's being challenged by Kelvin J. Robinson , former chief of staff to D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams.

Contest deadline tonight. Hard to think of heat when it's pouring outside, but just wanted to remind readers that there's still time to enter our summer weather contest. You'll have until midnight tonight, Aug. 18, to guess how many more 90+ degree days we'll have by Sept. 21. As of Aug. 16, we have had 52 90+ degree days. (The record is 67 in 1980.) Send an email to with your guess. Whoever guesses the correct number of days will receive a $25 Best Buy gift card. In the event of a tie, we'll put all the correct answers into a hat and pick a winner. (Sorry Post and Post-affiliated folks, you can't enter.) Good luck.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading. Try and stay dry and have a great day. Check back with us for storm updates and other news in the D.C. region and beyond.

By Washington Post editors  | August 18, 2010; 6:01 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Virginia, Weather  | Tags:  loris am buzz  
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65 days of hot heat!

Posted by: drfields | August 18, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

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