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Hanna equalizes rainfall totals

September 07, 2008|By DON AINES

TRI-STATE - The remnants of Tropical Storm Hanna were just about enough to bring rainfall totals for the past month up to about normal in the Hagerstown area and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, according to a National Weather Service meteorologist.

Total rainfall in the area had been about between 1 and 1 1/2 inches in the previous 30 days, about half of what the area normally would receive during this part of the year, said Mike Dangelo of the National Weather Service in State College, Pa.

Hanna about wiped away that deficit with rainfall totals of 1.41 inches in Hagerstown, 1.43 inches in Martinsburg, W.Va., 1.3 inches in Williamsport and 1.5 inches in Waynesboro, Pa., Dangelo said. Farther east, Hanna dumped 5 inches or more of rain in the Washington, D.C., area, he said.

Although the steady rains of the morning and early afternoon kept people away from Boonesborough Days in Boonsboro and other outdoor events, the precipitation trailed off and left some patches of blue above Hagerstown by late afternoon.

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Over the past 90 days, Dangelo said rainfall in the area was normal at about 10 inches.

A Washington County 911 dispatcher said the center had received just one weather-related call as of 3 p.m. - a 1:50 p.m. report of a tree down on power lines along Moser Road near Boonsboro. Other county 911 centers in the area reported no flooding calls, although Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia were supposed to be under a flood watch until Saturday at 11 p.m.

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