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Posted at 5:55 AM ET, 08/12/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Another kind of shower

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Wow. Thunder, lightning and all manner of mayhem outside my window right now. Our Twitter followers report heavy storms and winds in Silver Spring, Bethesda and NW D.C. The Capital Weather Gang says to delay your commute, because as of about 7:15 a.m. the Beltway is being walloped. A flash flood warning was in effect this morning, too.

Tell us what you're seeing. We're having power outages, downed trees and flooding in some areas. Post reporters will be out there reporting on what they're seeing; send us what you're seeing (downed trees, blocked roads) or via Twitter.

Meteor shower! Hopefully, the skies will have cleared by this evening because tonight is one of the peak nights for the Perseid meteor showers. The number of meteors is expected to increase to 50 to 80 tonight and Friday. It's tough to see them in the city (too many lights.) But get away from the lights out to more rural spots in the D.C. region and you'll be in for a treat. (DCist) Here are some tips from Lifehacker on how to find a good spot to see the meteor show. The Natural Capital also has some suggestions -- Rock Creek Park -- where folks can go to catch a glimpse of a meteor.

Today's headlines:

Suspected serial killer in custody.Police have arrested the man they believe is the "Flint Serial Killer" in Atlanta. Authorities believe he is responsible for the stabbing deaths of five men and the wounding of 15 others --- including three in Leesburg. All of the suspect's victims are dark-skinned; the suspect is white. Here's a PDF of the Leesburg Police Department's statement on the arrest. We'll update this story as we get more details, so check back with us.

It's about to get ugly. The race for the Democratic nomination for D.C. mayor is going to get messier. The Post's Nikita Stewart and Ann E. Marimow report that Adrian Fenty's campaign is ready to go negative. The Mayor unveiled two 30-second spots questioning Vincent Gray's tenure as director of the Department of Human Services during Mayor Sharon Pratty Kelly's tenure.

Money in the bank. Fenty can afford to air the ads. According to the most recent campaign finance reports, he's got $1.9 million in cash on hand; Gray's got $689,808. In the race for D.C. Council Chair, Michael Brown has $181,000 in cash on hand to Vincent Orange's $64,300.

Rhee's recruits. School started for 400 new D.C. public school teachers on Wednesday. Michelle Rhee's newest recruits will spend three days learning their way around the system before classes officially begin August 23.

Metro and safety. Metro's interim general manager Richard Sarles outlined some of the steps WMATA is taking to address the 15 recommendations approved by the NTSB for improving system safety. Among the action's Metro is taking: replacing older rail cars and track circuit modules that have the potential to malfunction. So far, track circuit modules have been replaced at 34 locations throughout the system.

A thorny immigration question. Here's a story out of Montgomery County that's likely to spur discussion on both sides of the immigration debate over whether individuals brought to the U.S. as very young children should be given special consideration . Yves Gomes, 17, an honor student at Paint Branch High School was slated to be deported to India, but won a last-minute reprieve from Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials this week. Both his parents are illegal immigrants who brought him to the U.S.when he was 14 months old. They have since been deported, but his younger brother, 15, is an American citizen. Yves says he considers himself an American.

Just plain interesting.

Just how hot has it been? Well, in June, folks in the D.C. region used more electricity than Switzerland does in one year. (WTOP)

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and please be careful out there in the rain. Check back with us for more storm updates and news about the arrest of the suspected serial killer who may also be responsible for three attacks in Leesburg.

By Washington Post editors  | August 12, 2010; 5:55 AM ET
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