We had a short lived, but VERY destructive storm last night. I had to drive around a couple trees this morning that had fallen into the road. I'm lucky to have power in my home, but the majority of the DC/Northern VA metropolitan area is without power. Most of the streetlights have no power right now and people are freaking out so there were so many accidents today that I saw since people just plowed through the intersections in a hurry. I had to work today. I showed up at work at 5:30 am and the entire strip where my work is located was pitch black. Went inside and sure enough there was no power. I had my tiny cellphone flashlight and 30 dogs to walk and feed. It was only myself and one other person until my boss came in around 9 to help out. We had to "close" for the day since there isn't power. No daycare dogs, but we still had boarding dogs coming in and out. The worst is that it is SO hot and no power means no AC. That's why I called my boss and she came in. We had dogs overheating that we needed to cool down. Two English bulldogs in particular were having a tough time. My boss bought a portable AC unit and her ex husband was in PA and found a generator and brought that down for us. One of my coworkers picked up some cheap lights and flashlights as well. We had to pile all the dog crates into one room and stick the store parrot in a crate in that room as well so they could all have access to the AC and fans that we set up with the generator. To say today has been eventful is a bit of an understatement. Either my boss is going to stay overnight or me and a few coworkers will take shifts staying there with the dogs tonight to make sure they stay cool and to make sure no one steals the generator. Please spare some good thoughts for the dogs at my work and for the power situation going on right now out here. I just saw on the news that they are calling for another bad storm tonight.