The blustery day

February 22, 1997


Staff Writer

How windy was it Saturday?

Windy enough to knock over a phone booth at Hagerstown City Park. And to topple a woman walking at Potomac Street and Randolph Avenue.

The bowled-over pedistrian ended up with a broken ankle, rescuers said.

And then there was a shed that landed next to 339 E. Antietam St. Hours later, officials were still trying to find out where the shed came from.

Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer measured a peak wind gust of 52 mph at 10:41 a.m. Saturday.

The day was also marked by a dramatic drop in temperature - from a high of 62 at 10 a.m. to a low of 46 at 3 p.m., Keefer said.


Trees were down on several area roads. That in turn caused some power outages scattered throughout the Allegany Power service areas.

"We had a very busy day,'' said Debbie Beck, spokeswoman for Allegheny Power. "High winds were reported throughout the region.''

Beck said about 2,000 customers in Allegany, Washington and Frederick counties were knocked out for various reasons when the winds pickup up.

About 1,000 of those were in Washington County. Beck said most were back in service by 4 p.m., although some customers in Smithsburg and Keedysville were still without power.

Crews were at work all over, Beck said, trying to restoring all customers as quickly as they could.

As for today, forecasters predicted a mostly sunny and cooler day, with highs in the mid to upper 40s. Winds should be more typical - out of the southwest at 10 to 15 mph.

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