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Smithsburg residents weather hail, winds

July 06, 2004|BY BRIAN SHAPPELL

SMITHSBURG - Residents of Smithsburg and surrounding communities had to weather brief storm conditions that included hail and winds in excess of 50 mph late Monday afternoon.

Calvin Meadows, a meteorological technician with the National Weather Service, said a fast-moving storm dumped rain and hail as large as half an inch on the Smithsburg area.

According to the Smithsburg Weather Web site, 0.64 of an inch of rain fell Sunday. The rain was heaviest at 4:55 p.m. The highest wind speed of the day, 51 mph, was measured one minute before that.

Meadows and town officials, including Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers and Councilman Jerome Martin, said they had received no reports of severe damage by early Monday evening.

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"It blew through really quickly," Myers said. "There are some branches and twigs down, but that's about it."

An Allegheny Energy spokeswoman said 30 to 40 scattered outages were reported in Washington County, mostly in Smithsburg and Cavetown, as a result of the storm. She said there were no major problems reported.

A spokesman for Antietam Cable could not be reached to confirm if cable outages were reported by customers in the area.

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