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Storm knocks out power, downs tree

August 27, 1999

A rain storm caused minor damage and power outages in southern Washington County Thursday afternoon, fire and rescue officials said.

Washington County emergency dispatchers said wind that accompanied a storm through the area at about 3 p.m. knocked down trees and power lines on Spielman Road.

Emergency dispatchers said the storm downed power lines on Sharpsburg Pike and Tilghmanton Road.

Leonard Heller, chief of the Fairplay Volunteer Fire Co., said eight to 10 downed trees blocked Spielman Road in the 17600 block for about 90 minutes. Volunteer firefighters assisted the State Highway Administration and Allegheny Power in the cleanup, Heller said.

The storm knocked out power to between 300 and 500 residents throughout the southern part of the county.

By 10:45 p.m., 157 customers were still without power, according to Allegheny Power spokesman Scott Shields.

Most of those customers were in the Sharpsburg area. Sixty-four customers did not have power on Mondel Road, and 58 had no power on Sawmill Road.

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Keedysville had 24 customers without power and the rest were scattered throughout the area, Shields said.

Shields said power crews were working to restore electricity to the areas Thursday night.

The storm dropped .13 inches of rain in Hagerstown, according to local weather observer Greg Keefer.

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