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Thunderstorms bring down wires along Red Oak Drive in Halfway

July 26, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION and CALEB CALHOUN | davem@herald-mail.com

Thunderstorms moved into Washington County late Thursday, bringing down wires along Red Oak Drive in Halfway and setting up conditions for possible hail, according to a Washington County 911 spokesman.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the county Thursday night and said the weather system was producing frequent cloud-to-ground lightning.

Winds were forecast to gust between 40 and 50 mph, and it was possible that hail up to a quarter-inch in diameter could fall, the 911 spokesman said.

At 9:13 p.m., the temperature in Hagerstown had dropped to 72.3 degrees after the mercury reached 97.5 degrees earlier in the day, according to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer’s website at i4weather.net.

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The website reported 0.51 inches of rain had fallen as of 9:13 p.m.

The area was under a heat advisory earlier in the day. The heat index reached 113 degrees at 2:55, according to Keefer’s website.

With storms forecast for the region,FirstEnergy Corp.prepared for weather that could affect customers’ electric service, according to a company press release. Its utilities mobilized employees and resources in the event of severe weather.

“This is very early and preliminary,” FirstEnergy External Affairs Manager John Norman said early Thursday. “We’re constantly checking the weather for updates.”

All of FirstEnergy utilities were on high alert, according to the press release.

Contractors were arranged during a meeting Wednesday night in all of the areas that FirstEnergy’s 10 utilities encompass, Norman said. The contractors will be ready to handle any electrical problems that might result from storms, he said.

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