Tornado skips town, power knocked out

June 18, 1997


Staff Writer

Despite a tornado warning issued for the western section of Washington County, the area escaped Wednesday night's storm with little damage.

"Nothing to get too excited about," said Mike Shiffler, a Washington County emergency services dispatcher.

Brian Smith, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said radar showed that a storm just east of Hancock might have been accompanied by a tornado. But he said late Wednesday that there was no evidence that a funnel cloud had touched down.

Shiffler said the storm did knock out a couple of the tactical channels used by emergency services for communications, but they were back on line within about 15 minutes.


Hugh J. Breslin III, vice president and general manager of WHAG television, said a power outage in Clear Spring blew out a transformer, knocking the station off the air from about 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Midge Teahan, a spokeswoman for Allegheny Power, said the outage was caused by trees falling into power lines. About 700 Clear Spring-area customers were without power from 5:15 p.m. until 8:50 p.m., she said.

In Hagerstown, a lightning bolt dislodged some bricks from a chimney on a house on Pennsylvania Avenue, officials said.

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