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Storms break heat wave, knock out power

August 18, 1997

Sunday evening thunderstorms broke a two-day heat wave and brought about 30,000 West Virginians closer to their candles and matches.

By 8 p.m., Allegheny Power was swamped with phone calls reporting outages, according to Midge Teahan, team leader at the company.

"From West Virginia on down, thousands of customers were hit incredibly hard by thunderstorms - and more are on the way," Teahan said. "We are trying to do everything we can to get power to the customers."

Thunderstorms disrupted power to about 30,000 West Virginia customers, she said.

The highest wind speed in Hagerstown was 35 mph at 6:19 p.m.

Teahan said she knew of no reports of power outages in Hagerstown.

The storms dropped about a half-inch of rain in Hagerstown during afternoon and evening showers Sunday. This month's rainfall totals 1.77 inches.

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The high was 94 degrees at 4:01 p.m. and the low was 72 degrees at 7:51 p.m.

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