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Wednesday night storm adds to outages

June 18, 1998

A brief but violent storm passed through the area Wednesday night adding to the power outages left from Tuesday's storm and blamed for at least one car accident, according to Hagerstown City Police.

An accident was reported at the intersection of Dual Highway and Cleveland Avenue after the traffic light there stopped working when lightning struck a pole nearby, police said.

Several power outages also were reported in Hagerstown's east end, police said.

Hagerstown Fire Department received a few calls reporting wires arcing and lightning was blamed for setting off several automatic fire alarms in the area, fire officials said.

Wednesday's storm hit at about 6:30 p.m. bringing with it severe lightning and wind gusts that measured nearly 50 mph at Washington County Regional Airport, according to the National Weather Service.

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About .18 inches of rain fell in the Hagerstown area during a brief downpour, according to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer.

Wednesday's storm developed from a backlash of a low pressure system out of New England, Keefer said.

There is a chance of thunderstorms today, Friday and into the weekend, some of which could be severe, he said.

Temperatures today and Friday are expected to reach into the 90s under mostly sunny skies, according to a National Weather Service forecast.

-Lisa Graybeal

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