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Irene Leaves Behind Toppled Trees And Thousands Without Power In D.C.

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Many trees and power lines are still down in the D.C. metro area, which forced some schools to close due to lack of electricity.
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Many trees and power lines are still down in the D.C. metro area, which forced some schools to close due to lack of electricity.

Pepco says there are at least 90 down wires in D.C. right now, and some of those are live wires, meaning there are sparks and smoke coming from them.

There are also many down trees in the District, and officials say there are some areas that are dangerous right now, so people should be careful if the're heading out.

The winds and rain have subsided, so the city's emergency and work crews are out to clean up the storm’s mess and to restore power to the people who have lost them.

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