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Irene missed Washington County

some Tri-State residents still without power

August 28, 2011

Hurricane Irene's destructive path missed Washington County on Saturday.

As of 9:52 a.m. Sunday, Hagerstown had received 1.23 inches of rain from the outer bands of the storm as it moved up the Mid-Atlantic coast, according to weather observer Greg Keefer's website.

Light rain was still falling, but was expected to end by midmorning as the back edge of precipitation associated with Irene moved eastward, the National Weather Service reported Sunday morning.

In Hagerstown, the wind speed peaked at 37 mph at 2:20 a.m., Keefer's site reported.

Shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday, more than 1,600 Potomac Edison customers in Washington County were without electricity, according to Allegheny Power's Outage Management System.

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As of 9:30 a.m. Sunday, only two outages affecting two customers were reported in the county, the utility's website said.

However, there were still 144 Potomac Edison customers without power in Berkeley County, W.Va. and two in Jefferson County, W.Va.  In Franklin County, Pa., 67 West Penn Power customers were without electricity, according to the outage management system website.

In Frederick County, Md., power was out for 1,650 Potomac Edison customers, the website reported.

Two roads in Frederick County were closed Sunday morning as a result of the storm, according to Maryland State Police. 

Md. 550 at Eylers Valley Flint Road in Thurmont and Md. 75 between Beaver Dam Road and Houck Road in Johnsville were closed due to power lines and trees down. Police advised that those roads might be closed for several hours.

Heather Sheffield, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said the area can expect wind gusts of up to 30 mph on Sunday morning, tapering later in the day.

The National Weather Service is predicting a partly cloudy Sunday night, with winds from 5 to 13 mph.

Sunny days are expected Monday through Friday.

— Staff reports

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