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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- High winds, rain and storm conditions which could lead to tornadoes will impact much of the Mid-Atlantic region Thursday. As Meteorologist Howard Bernstein told usThursday morning,the weather we're expected to receive much of the day could leave behind a path of damage combined with power outages.

The National Weather Service has issued a small craft advisory and a flash flood warning for the area.

We know utility crews are preparing for the worst even though they're hoping for the best. The worst, we know, was last year's derecho. It devastated the area, damaging homes, and knocking down trees. When all was said and done, about two million in theDC metro regionlost power for nearly two weeks in the oppressive heat. Thrity four people lost their lives as a result of the extended power outage. About a dozen people died when a mass of trees toppled over.

Pepco crews spent Wednesday doing last-minute tree trimming as part of the plan they launched two years ago.

Myra Oppel with Pepco told us, "The owrk that we've been doing...It will pay off in a storm like this. What we are worried about is the possibility of entire trees coming down. When you have the soil that is oversaturated and then those heavy winds, that's when you could have the hundred-foot trees coming crash down on our system. There's nothing we can do to prevent damage to our system for a situation like that..."

But the utility crews are prepared, including BGE in Maryland and Dominion Power in Virginia, if anything sparks in the area. They are on standby.