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Weather disrupts power for some

November 20, 2003|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

Though the wind howled and the rain poured, Wednesday's inclement weather did not have much of an impact in the form of accidents or long-term power outages on residents of the Tri-State area.

Chris Strong, a meteorologist with National Weather Service's office in Sterling, Va., said the Tri-State region received about one to two inches of rain. Strong said there were a few scattered reports of areas receiving three inches of rain, and even less reports of flooding.

"I'm sure there were a few isolated spots (that were flooded)," Strong said Wednesday evening. "It's basically just a big cold front pushing through. It's replacing the warm, humid air from this morning with a cooler, blustery day tomorrow."

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Strong said the high temperature today through much of the area would be in the mid-50s and would be accompanied by 20 to 25 mph winds.

The Web site of local weather observer Greg Keefer said 1.43 inches of rain fell in Hagerstown Wednesday by 9:45 p.m., bringing the month's rain total to 3.24 inches, .03 inches more than the November average. The site reported the strongest wind gust was 51 mph, registered at 11:19 a.m.

Power was disrupted to some Allegheny Energy customers in the Tri-State area

Washington County had the fewest problems, a utility spokesman said.

"I'd bet we didn't have more than 50 or 60 all day," Allegheny Energy Spokesman Allen Staggers said. "It was mostly related to the wind knocking over trees or limbs breaking.

Staggers said there were more problems in Jefferson and Berkeley counties in West Virginia, where 500 customers were without power and in Franklin County, Pa., where 800 outages were reported.

Staggers said employees restored power to all residences affected in the area.

Maureen Theriault, Public Relations Director for Washington County Hospital, said there were no weather-related problems at the hospital.

Maryland State Police Sgt. Mike Higgins said troopers had to deal with several minor collisions throughout the day. Higgins said there were minor traffic incidents at Governor Lane Boulevard, Maryland 66 in Mapleville, Leitersburg Pike north of the Long Meadow Shopping Center and at a ramp from eastbound Interstate 70 to eastbound U.S. 40.

Overall, none of those incidents translated into serious injuries, he said.

Washington County 911 dispatcher Keith Bowen said Wednesday was a fairly routine day.

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