3,335 without power in Washington County, more in surrounding areas

June 29, 2012

Following a day of record-setting heat, a tornado warning and a thunderstorm watch were in effect Friday night for different parts of Washington County, the National Weather Service said.

The National Weather Service issued the tornado warning for the extreme western part of Washington County until 9:45 p.m. The thunderstorm watch was issued until 10:30.

As of 10:50 p.m., Potomac Edison’s website was reporting that 3,335 of its customers were without power in Washington County.

An additional 25,307 of its customers in Franklin and Fulton counties in Pennsylvania, and Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties in West Virginia, were also in the dark, the website said.

Flood warnings also were in effect in the central and southern parts of Washington County.

The storm that passed through the area produced strong winds and heavy rain.

A Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said a person was trapped in a vehicle Friday night when a tree fell on top of it.

The dispatcher said emergency services was too busy to give the location of that accident, which was called in at about 10 p.m.

Lightning strikes were reported in other parts of the county.

A Herald-Mail reporter in Martinsburg, W.Va., said power was out on the south end of the city, and trees were blown down on U.S. 11 in the area of the Relax Inn.

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