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Storm brings brisk breezes

May 10, 2000|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

A Wednesday afternoon thunderstorm dumped more than half an inch of rain on Hagerstown, knocked down trees and blacked out traffic lights in the city, according to area police.

National Weather Service forecasters in Sterling, Va., reported that .59 inches of rain fell from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. The storm carried winds with gusts that reached 45 mph.

Street lights at the intersections at Dual Highway and Eastern Boulevard and Cleveland Avenue and Dual Highway were shorted out as a result of the storm, Hagerstown City Police said.

Wednesday's high temperature was 88 degrees, said Dewey Walston, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

Walston said the storm was brought on by a cold front moving over the area from the Ohio Valley.

Hagerstown has had .78 inches of rain so far this month and 14.74 inches have fallen this year, said Walston.

The weather is expected to be clear and breezy for the next three days, with highs in the mid- to high 80s, he said.

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The lows will be in the 50s to 60s.

Maryland State Police reported one storm-related accident at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday on Lappans Road near Devil's Backbone Park.

Police said Stacy Marie Fowler, 19, of Hagerstown, was driving west on Lappans Road when she lost control on a curve and crossed the center line.

Her vehicle struck a Toyota pickup truck being driven east on Lappans Road by Quinn Shannon Thomas, 35, of Boonsboro.

Thomas had minor injuries, police said.

Fowler was charged with failure to drive to the right of center, police said.

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