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Wind knocks out power

December 02, 2006|by TARA REILLY

WASHINGTON COUNTY - More than 2,500 Allegheny Power customers in Washington County were without power Friday after high winds knocked out electricity.

Power was restored to most of the customers by late Friday afternoon, but about 800 were still waiting to have their electricity turned back on, Allen Staggers, manager of corporate communications of Allegheny Power, said Friday.

Of those still without power, about 110 customers were in the Rohrersville area, about 110 were in the Keedysville area about 90 were in the Boonsboro area, Staggers said. The remaining customers were spread throughout the county.

"This has all been due to high winds," Staggers said.

Staggers said "it could be well into" today before power is restored to all the customers.

Emergency personnel said they received reports of trees and utility lines down in parts of the county.

The National Weather Service on Friday issued a high-wind advisory with gusts of up to 60 miles per hour. That advisory was to expire at 1 this morning. A severe thunderstorm watch expired at 6 p.m. Friday.

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The wind is a result of a cold front blowing through the area that will bring with it a noticeable drop in temperatures, said Calvin Meadows, meteorological technician with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va.

The National Weather Service is predicting highs of 48 degrees and lows in the upper 20s today and Sunday in the Hagerstown area, compared to Friday's high of 70 degrees.

Meadows said the mild temperatures over the past several days weren't unusual for this time of the year.

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