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Packing a one-two punch

Twin afternoon storms knock out power

Twin afternoon storms knock out power

August 10, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

WASHINGTON COUNTY - Somewhat unusual summer weather swept through the area Thursday, dumping more than an inch of rain and bringing cooler temperatures, according to an AccuWeather meteorologist.

"We don't usually get two strong storms like that," senior meteorologist Ken Reeves said.

By 6:30 p.m. Thursday, 1.12 inches of rain had fallen in Hagerstown, Reeves said.

About 1,600 Allegheny Power customers in Hagerstown lost power around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, but service was restored by 1:15 p.m., Allegheny spokesman David Neurohr said.

Areas near Bower Avenue, Virginia Avenue and Halfway Boulevard were affected, he said.

Only one City Light customer in Hagerstown was affected Thursday, said Mike Spiker, Hagerstown's director of utilities.

During the evening storm, a few traffic signals went out briefly, but the outage didn't cause any accidents, Hagerstown Police Sgt. Elmer Hurd said.

After a week of oppressive heat, temperatures dropped into the 70s after the first storm Thursday afternoon, Reeves said. Temperatures climbed back to 82 degrees during the late afternoon but dropped again when a second storm hit around 6:30 p.m., he said.

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Another thunderstorm could hit today. A high temperature of 88 degrees is expected, Reeves said. Saturday should be sunny and about 84 degrees before temperatures reach the 90s again next week, he said.

Firefighters battled a barn fire in Union Township, Pa., for more than six hours Thursday following a lightning strike around 10:30 a.m.

The fire spread through hay in the two-story wood frame barn at 1603 McKees Gap Road, according to C.J. Barton with the Hancock Fire Department.

The barn was a complete loss, he said.

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