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Storms drop penny-sized hail

June 09, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Hail fell in Hagerstown and in the Longmeadow area Tuesday afternoon when a line of thunderstorms passed through the region, a National Weather Service official said.

No damage was reported from the hail, forecaster Bryan Jackson said.

Typically, hail does not cause property damage until it reaches the size of a golf ball, Jackson said. The hail spotted in Hagerstown measured about one inch in diameter and was penny-sized in the Longmeadow area, he said.

The storms started in western Pennsylvania and grew larger as they formed a line and moved through the area, Jackson said.

According to a Web site maintained by Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer, 1.25 inches of rain fell Tuesday.

At Hagerstown Regional Airport, seven-tenths of an inch of rain fell, Jackson said.

Rainfall amounts in severe thunderstorms can vary widely, Jackson said.

The storm knocked down utility wires on Robinwood Drive, and on Lee and Locust streets, a 911 dispatcher said.

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A car stalled in the underpass along Memorial Boulevard when high water surged into the low area, a typical problem in heavy rains, a Hagerstown Police Department dispatcher said.

Keefer said on his Web site that 3.39 inches of rain has fallen this month and the rainfall total so far this year stands at 16.86 inches.

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