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Saturday thunderstorms cause flooding, accidents

April 27, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

TRI-STATE - A storm Saturday night caused flooding problems and accidents in Hagerstown, but no one was seriously injured, a police dispatcher said.

Maryland State Police responded to several accidents, including one in the Smithsburg area that sent someone to the hospital, a trooper said. No additional information about that accident was available.

Most of the accidents were weather-related, the trooper said.

A Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said the county responded to about two dozen weather-related calls, mostly about flooding conditions.

More than an inch of rain fell Saturday, according to the Web site www.i4weather.net, which is maintained by Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer. About 10 p.m., the Web site showed that 1.21 inches of rain had fallen in the Hagerstown area.

At one point, about 350 Allegheny Energy customers in Washington County were without power, a company spokesman said. About 9:30 p.m., about 230 customers were without power, according to Allegheny's Web site.

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About 60 customers in Franklin County, Pa., also were without power.

An AccuWeather meteorologist said the storm had been expected and was due to a cold front coming though the area.

Saturday was humid, with a high temperature of 80 degrees, meteorologist Jon Pacheco said. The high temperature was above normal, but not record-breaking, he said.

A high temperature of about 70 degrees is expected today throughout the Tri-State area, with low humidity and some clouds, Pacheco said.

Pacheco predicted cooler weather for the rest of the week, and said area residents should expect another storm early in the week.

On Monday, it's likely to rain throughout the day with a high temperature in the upper 50s, he said.

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