Clashing fronts create high winds
By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer
Winds whipped across the Tri-State area Tuesday morning, sending garbage cans and a road sign flying and leaving some people without electricity.
The winds blew into the area around 6 a.m., with one gust measuring 47 mph at 6:56 a.m., according to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer. The average wind speed was 38 mph, he said.
The high winds knocked out power in areas of Washington County as well as in Berkeley and Morgan counties in West Virginia and Franklin and Fulton counties in Pennsylvania.
In Washington County, 481 customers lost power, but electricity was restored by 5 p.m., Allegheny Power spokesman Guy Fletcher said.
Fewer than 100 City of Hagerstown electrical customers were affected, said Light Department Manager Terry Weaver. Power had been restored to most of those by 7:30 a.m., he said.