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June 15, 2008

More than 3,000 lose power in county



More than 3,000 Allegheny Power customers were without electricity for about an hour Saturday afternoon, a spokesman for the power company said Saturday night.

A lightning strike knocked out power to 3,031 customers in the Paramount area about 3:20 p.m., spokesman Mike Grandillo said.

Power was restored by 4:30 p.m., he said.

Saturday's storms caused outages on and off all day for customers in Washington County, though the outages in the Paramount area were the most severe, Grandillo said.

About 3:30 p.m., police and fire and rescue workers reported a stoplight out at the intersection of Longmeadow Road and Leitersburg Pike and a cable line hanging down in that area.




Woman is rescued from Weaverton Cliffs



A woman who fractured her ankle Saturday near Weaverton Cliffs was brought to safety by fire and rescue workers who spent almost two hours navigating the mountain's steep terrain, said Eric Gray, assistant fire chief of the Potomac Valley Fire Company.

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The woman was hiking on the Appalachian Trail about 11:30 a.m. when she fractured her ankle near Weaverton Cliffs, Gray said.

A 25-person rescue team with members from several fire and rescue companies hiked about a mile and a half up the mountain to reach the woman, Gray said.

It took more than an hour and a half to get the woman to an ambulance parked at the nearest access road, Gray said.

"The mountain is extremely steep there and has several switchbacks," Gray said.

The Potomac Valley, Brunswick, Boonsboro, Rohrersville and Sharpsburg emergency services companies responded to the rescue.

Gray said the woman was taken to Frederick (Md.) Memorial Hospital. He said he did not know the woman's name.

- Joshua Bowman

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