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City gets almost 2.5 inches of rain

August 25, 2002|BY ANDREA ROWLAND

A thunderstorm that swept through the Tri-State area early Saturday brought much-needed rain but caused some power outages.

The storm dumped 2.24 inches of rain in Hagerstown, according to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer's Web site.

About 1.8 inches of rain fell in Chambersburg, Pa., according to weather observer Jerry Ashway.

Martinsburg, W.Va., received .66 inches of rain, said meteorologist Dewey Walston of the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va.

About 3,000 Allegheny Energy electric customers in Franklin County, Pa., and Fulton County, Pa., lost power when lightning struck a transformer in Fayetteville about 2 a.m., Allegheny Energy spokesman Mike Grandillo said. Power was restored to most of the affected electric customers by 5:30 a.m., but 78 customers were still without power at 9:30 a.m., Grandillo said.

He expected power to be restored to all customers by 4 p.m. Saturday.

The storm caused no major traffic problems, police in the Tri-State area said.

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More rain is forecast later this week, Walston said.

"The good news is that it looks like we may be getting into a wetter pattern starting Tuesday," he said.

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