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Powerful storm whips through Martinsburg

July 29, 1999

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Lightning and high winds swept through Martinsburg Wednesday afternoon as part of a brief, powerful storm, causing a tree to fall on two parked cars in the 600 block of Virginia Avenue.

The cars were empty and no injuries were reported.

Numerous trees were knocked down in other parts of town, Martinsburg City Police said.

Although the storm was intense, it left little rain behind. Only about 0.3 inches of rain fell at the Martinsburg Fire Department on Raleigh Street.

Trees also fell onto power lines in the Shepherdstown area, emergency workers said.

An electric surge from lightning may have caused a short in a house in Bee Line Estates along W.Va. 230, said Ross Morgan, assistant chief of the Shepherdstown Fire Department.

The electrical short caused light smoke to accumulate in the basement of the house.

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