Storm misses county


A severe thunderstorm watch issued by the National Weather Service through 7 p.m. Thursday failed to produce any wind or other storm-related problems for Washington County, but it brought no significant rain either.

An isolated storm front crossed through southern Washington County around 6:45 p.m., resulting in one emergency call for a lightning strike on a house in the 3000 block of Chestnut Grove Road, dispatchers at Washington County Fire and Rescue Communications said.

Firefighters arrived at the home but were there only a few minutes, dispatchers said.

Just .10 of an inch of rain was recorded Thursday on the Web site compiled by Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer. That brought May's rainfall total to .72 of an inch, according to Keefer's Web site.

The weather service initially had warned of possible 50 mph winds and hail from the storms that were expected to intensify through Thursday afternoon. A flood watch was also issued through 8 p.m.


Keefer's Web site predicted sunny skies for today with breezy conditions and lows of 47 degrees overnight into Saturday. Cloudy conditions were expected to roll back in Saturday afternoon with periods of light, intermittent showers through Tuesday.

Boating and other recreational activities on the upper Potomac River should be avoided going into the weekend because of hazardous water levels, Maryland Natural Resources Police said Thursday.

Water levels are hazardous for recreational use along the main stem of the Potomac from Cumberland and at Paw Paw, Springfield and Harpers Ferry, and the Shenandoah at Millville because of recent rain, a natural resources police news release said.

This warning doesn't apply to professionally guided river trips or teams of experienced white water paddlers. Hazardous stages are defined as water levels at which novice boaters, wading fishermen or anyone in a vessel could be confronted with a life-threatening situation because of hypothermia wave action, high velocity or treacherous current.

The conditions also exist on feeder streams into the Potomac and other rivers.

Information on river conditions between Cumberland and Little Falls can be obtained by calling the National Weather Service at 1-703-260-0305.

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