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Winds down power lines

March 14, 2001

Winds down power lines



Gusty winds from a brief Tuesday evening rain storm kept Washington County 911 dispatchers busy with a calls for downed trees and power lines.

Hard-driving rain and winds peaking at 40 to 60 mph downed wires in Hagerstown, Sharpsburg and Rohrersville, dispatchers said.

Trees and wires in the city were knocked down on Brown Avenue Terrace and a window at a business on East Baltimore Street was smashed during the 9 p.m. storm., Hagerstown City Police said.

The high winds had people chasing their garbage cans down and a trampoline was blown away, police said.

The storm knocked out power to Allegheny Energy customers in the Keedysville and Sharpsburg area, said power company spokesman Scott Shields.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va., said they had expected a cold front to move across Washington County Tuesday but not one with such high pressure.

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"We knew there would be wind but not that intense," said meteorologist Chris Strong.

He said less than an inch of rain fell during the 30 minute storm.

Temperatures in Hagerstown reached 60 degrees Tuesday, he said.

Temperatures were expected to be in the 50s today, with partly sunny to sunny skies, he said.

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