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Storm knocks out power, traffic lights

June 12, 2011

HALFWAY — A storm that passed through the area Sunday afternoon caused power outages, some of which persisted into the night.

As of 8:30 p.m., 45 customers in Washington County were without power, as were 1,105 customers in Jefferson County, W.Va., and 20 customers in Berkeley County, W.Va., according to Allegheny Power’s online outage management system.

The outages were mostly attributed to blown fuses and problems with overhead wires.

Someone driving on Downsville Pike near West Oak Ridge Drive reported a blown transformer, a Washington County Emergency Services supervisor said in the afternoon.

While the only outages reported to 911 were traffic signals in the area, Allegheny Power’s system reported 1,388 customers were without power at 4:10 p.m. That number dropped slightly to 1,349 a few minutes later.

Traffic lights were out on Downsville Pike in the areas of Halfway Boulevard and West Oak Ridge Drive, a 911 dispatcher said. Wires were reported down in the area and firefighters were responding, the dispatcher said.

A severe thunderstorm watch remained in effect for much of Sunday for Washington and Frederick counties in Maryland, and Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia, according to the National Weather Service’s website at www.weather.gov.

The weather service’s Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing hail the size of quarters and damaging winds of more than 60 mph, according to www.weather.gov.

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— Julie E. Greene

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