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Life returning to normal after storms

December 08, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

Life started to return to normal throughout the Tri-State area on Sunday as the weather remained calm and Allegheny Energy returned power to most of its customers.

In case you didn't get a chance to enjoy the storm-free weather Sunday, you will get another chance to do so the rest of the week with the exception of Wednesday, according to weather forecasts.

No snow is expected to fall in the Tri-State area during the next seven days, Howard Silverman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said Sunday.

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There is, however, a possibility of rain Wednesday, he said.

The Tri-State region was left with up to 10 inches of snow and ice after a Nor'easter followed a weaker storm system through the area. The snow tapered off Saturday morning.

Hagerstown received .13 inch of snow Saturday to leave 8.2 inches of snow and ice on the ground, according to weather observer Greg Keefer's Web site at i4weather.net. He recorded no precipitation on Sunday.

As of Saturday night, about 577 Allegheny Energy customers were without power in the aftermath of the two snowstorms.

More than 8,394 Allegheny Energy customers in the Tri-State area were without power at some point since Friday night, an Allegheny Energy spokesman said Saturday.

But by Sunday, only a handful of customers in the area were without power: One in Frederick County, Md., and five in Morgan County, W.Va. The five in Morgan County probably are all within the same block, according to Mike Grandillo, an Allegheny Energy spokesman.

"Things are pretty much cleared up," Grandillo said.

By this morning, all customers should have their power restored, he said.

The biggest power outage occurred shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday when a short piece of wire called a jumper short-circuited a substation in the western part of Martinsburg, W.Va., an Allegheny Energy spokesman said Saturday.

Some of Saturday's power outages were caused by snow coming off tree branches, causing the branches to spring back up and hit power lines, he said.

Emergency service operators and police agencies reported minor weather-related problems on Sunday.

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