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2,200 without power after storm

June 26, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- A storm that produced rain and hail left about 2,200 electric customers without power until late Friday after it passed through Washington County earlier in the afternoon.

Traffic lights in several areas across Hagerstown were put out of commission and heavy winds toppled trees that landed, in some cases, on homes or parked vehicles.

Funkstown was hit the hardest, with about 1,100 power outages, said David Neurohr, an Allegheny Power spokesman.

In the City of Hagerstown, about 1,000 customers in the north and west ends of town lost their power, City Community Affairs Director Karen Giffin said.

Neurohr and Giffin said crews were hoping to repair the problems by late Friday night.

Giffin also reported several power lines and one or two utility poles had been knocked down by the storm.

Nine Allegheny Power customers in Washington County still were without power as of 10:45 p.m., but were expected to have their power restored by 11:15 p.m., according to Allegheny Power's Web site.

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Seventeen Allegheny Power customers in Berkeley County still were without power as of 10:45 p.m., but were expected to have their power restored by midnight, and 109 customers in Jefferson County were without power, but were expected to have their power restored by today at 1 a.m., according to Allegheny's Web site.

A dispatcher with Washington County Emergency Services said he received several reports of downed trees caused by the storm.

He did not give specific addresses.

"It was pretty much widespread," the dispatcher said.

Mickey O'Brien, technical director of The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown, said the storm struck as contestants were rehearsing before the start of Friday night's Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen pageant.

The storm temporarily disabled the theater's air conditioning and the sound and light equipment, O'Brien said. Power was restored just before the doors opened about 7:30 p.m.

"(The rehearsal) literally stopped for a half an hour," O'Brien said. "We pulled it together. We did what we had to do."

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