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May 4, 2010
Power went out in parts of Hagerstown shortly after 10 p.m. Monday, including at the Hagerstown Police Department, where officers were depending on a generator for power. "Everything went pitch black," Hagerstown Police Department spokesman Ronnie Trumpower said. Trumpower said he was swamped with calls from people reporting that their power had been interrupted in the North End, the West End and the Salem Avenue area. Trumpower said he did not know what caused the power outage.
NEWS
June 26, 2013
A storm that blew through Hagerstown on Tuesday night resulted in reports of some downed trees, as well as power outages in the downtown Hagerstown area, a Washington County 911 supervisor said. As of shortly after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, the power outages were in the areas of Burhans Boulevard, Franklin Street, and North Jonathan Street, the supervisor said. The outages were affecting some traffic signals, he said. By 6:35 a.m. Wednesday, only five Potomac Edison customers in Washington County were without electricity, according to the FirstEnergy Storm Center website.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | March 7, 2011
— A winter storm that began Sunday dropped about 1.53 inches of rain in the Hagerstown area, topped by 2 inches of snow and ice that fell overnight. The storm left about 1,400 Washington County residents without electricity early Monday, according to Potomac Edison’s website. Power to most of those customers was restored by 9 a.m., according to information on the website. In Hagerstown, hundreds of customers lost power when a vehicle slid into a utility pole at about 4:45 a.m. Monday and knocked out electricity for several hours, a Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher said.
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September 18, 2012
Classes at Shepherd University were suspended for more than two hours Tuesday due to a power outage, the university announced. Power was restored by about 1:30 p.m. University offices remained open. Hedgesville (W.Va.) Elementary School also lost power, causing students to be dismissed at 11 a.m. Afternoon prekindergarten was canceled at the school, according to Leah Daniel, spokeswoman for Berkeley County (W.Va.) Schools. Power was restored to the school at 2:10 p.m., after utility workers replaced a utility pole that caught on fire, Daniel said.
NEWS
March 6, 2013
FirstEnergy had chosen Washington County and Wednesday's snowstorm to pilot a program that will have a company spokesman tweet about Potomac Edison outages and power restoration in the county, company officials said Wednesday. But the storm didn't create the level of power outages in Washington County as expected, so FirstEnergy spokesman Chris Eck said Wednesday afternoon he was heading to the Berkeley Springs, W.Va., area and could be tweeting from that area instead. Eck arrived in Washington County, from Ohio, on Wednesday afternoon and had expected to begin tweeting by early evening Wednesday.
NEWS
March 5, 2013
Here is a list of tips from offered by FirstEnergy in a press release and Potomac Edison spokesman Todd Meyers to prepare for the winter storm and deal with potential power outages: Keep a flashlight and extra batteries on hand before the storm arrives so you do not have to go out into the storm and get them after the power goes out. Have extra blankets or sleeping bags to stay warm. Do not use gas stoves, kerosene heaters, or other heat sources that could cause carbon monoxide gas to build up. Be careful when using candles.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | July 11, 2012
Call it devine intervention. Electricity powering the freezers at Jules Frozen Custard stand at the edge of Apple Valley Shopping Plaza was out for eight hours after the violent June 29 wind storm, but the ice cream inside was saved from melting when it was taken to church. Doyle Collins, the stand's owner, took gallons of frozen mix and put it in the freezers at the Bunker Hill (W.Va.) Brethren in Christ Church, said Melissa Woodward, Collins' daughter-in-law, who was managing the stand Wednesday afternoon.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | February 24, 2012
High winds that have already brought some power outages to the Tri-State area were expected to subside late Friday night, although windy conditions could continue today, forecasters said. Sustained winds out of the west of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph were expected until a high wind advisory expired at midnight Friday, said meteorologist Heather Sheffield of the National Weather Service office in Sterling, Va. “Winds should start to diminish after midnight,” Sheffield said.
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By DAVE McMILLION and CALEB CALHOUN | davem@herald-mail.com; caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | May 30, 2012
Thunderstorms rolled through Washington County again Tuesday afternoon and evening, leading to residential flooding in the Claggett's Mill area off Poffenberger Road south of Hagerstown and causing a vehicle to get stuck in water on Cool Hollow Road, according to Washington County 911 officials. The vehicle ran into high water on Cool Hollow Road off Dual Highway at 6:26 p.m., and the occupants were able to get out before rescue officials arrived, 911 officials said. The residential flooding in Claggett's Mill was due to culverts that became clogged, 911 officials said.
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By DAVE McMILLION and JULIE GREENE | July 25, 2010
Hagerstown ended up with the "hottest night ever" Saturday when the city's low temperature for the day stayed at 81 degrees, according to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer. That temperature was retained through midnight Saturday, setting yet another weather record in a sizzling summer. "It's crazy. I guess the world is heating up. At least this summer," Keefer said Sunday afternoon. Keefer said the previous record for the highest lowest temperature in Hagerstown was 79 degrees set July 5, 1911.
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By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | July 19, 2013
Renowned gospel singer Orlando Wright's voice bellowed as he sang a capella in a darkened church after a summer storm blew through Hagerstown Friday evening, causing power outages throughout the area. Wright, a Cincinnati-based solo artist and actor, was a guest minister during the praise and worship gathering of the two-day prophetic conference hosted by Wellspring of Life Family Worship Center at Christ Reformed Church in downtown Hagerstown. “Lights go out - so what?” Wright said before singing, “Here I am to worship,” to the pews filled with about 40 people sitting in the dark.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | July 18, 2013
A power outage at the beginning of rush hour in Hagerstown Thursday afternoon only lasted 51 minutes, but it was enough to cause problems after numerous traffic lights went dark, officials said. Hagerstown purchases its power from FirstEnergy, and the outage was caused by a problem within the city's system, said Dave Kline, manager of external affairs for the utility company. The outage occurred when a circuit breaker was tripped in FirstEnergy's system, Kline said. Residents reported outages in the north end of the city, and the areas of Pennsylvania and Jonathan streets.
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June 26, 2013
A storm that blew through Hagerstown on Tuesday night resulted in reports of some downed trees, as well as power outages in the downtown Hagerstown area, a Washington County 911 supervisor said. As of shortly after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, the power outages were in the areas of Burhans Boulevard, Franklin Street, and North Jonathan Street, the supervisor said. The outages were affecting some traffic signals, he said. By 6:35 a.m. Wednesday, only five Potomac Edison customers in Washington County were without electricity, according to the FirstEnergy Storm Center website.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | April 24, 2013
Potomac Edison will spend $55 million this year in an effort to limit power outages in Maryland and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, company officials said Tuesday. James V. Fakult, vice president of Potomac Edison and president of FirstEnergy's Maryland Operations, said about a third of the money, about $17 million, will be used to trim trees to keep them from falling onto power lines in Washington, Allegany, Frederick and Garrett counties in Maryland, and in Berkeley County in West Virginia.
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By DAVE McMILLION and CALEB CALHOUN | davem@herald-mail.com; caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | March 25, 2013
An early spring snowstorm that passed through the Tri-State area left up to 6.2 inches of heavy, wet snow in Washington County on Monday but caused few traffic problems, officials said. There were some power outages but those had been eliminated Monday night, according to FirstEnergy Corp. The National Weather Service listed some unofficial observations for snowfall totals in Washington County and deepest amount recorded was 6.2 inches in Maugansville. Rohrersville had 5.5 inches and Cavetown and Longmeadow had 4 inches, according to the NWS. Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer reported on his website at i4weather.net that 4.2 inches of snow fell in Hagerstown.
NEWS
March 6, 2013
FirstEnergy had chosen Washington County and Wednesday's snowstorm to pilot a program that will have a company spokesman tweet about Potomac Edison outages and power restoration in the county, company officials said Wednesday. But the storm didn't create the level of power outages in Washington County as expected, so FirstEnergy spokesman Chris Eck said Wednesday afternoon he was heading to the Berkeley Springs, W.Va., area and could be tweeting from that area instead. Eck arrived in Washington County, from Ohio, on Wednesday afternoon and had expected to begin tweeting by early evening Wednesday.
NEWS
March 5, 2013
Here is a list of tips from offered by FirstEnergy in a press release and Potomac Edison spokesman Todd Meyers to prepare for the winter storm and deal with potential power outages: Keep a flashlight and extra batteries on hand before the storm arrives so you do not have to go out into the storm and get them after the power goes out. Have extra blankets or sleeping bags to stay warm. Do not use gas stoves, kerosene heaters, or other heat sources that could cause carbon monoxide gas to build up. Be careful when using candles.
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Lisa Prejean | November 1, 2012
My students' writing assignment this week so closely paralleled real life that it would be difficult to duplicate the impact in any other way. After viewing a photo of a roaring fire, the students were told to assume they were journalists reporting on a natural disaster that occurred in a nearby town. They were to tell readers why the disaster occurred and what happened as a result. They were told to create a plausible account of the event shown in the photograph. When I planned this lesson, little did I know that what has been called "the storm of the century" would pound the East Coast with rain, snow, high winds, fallen trees and power outages.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | October 31, 2012
Bill Wolfensberger of Clear Spring was planning Wednesday to get large containers of water to use for flushing toilets and washing up. Wolfensberger, 60, of 13320 Gruber Road, had been without power since Monday night, courtesy of Superstorm Sandy. Although he has a generator, he still had no central heating or running water. Despite that, he said, “We were pretty much prepared,” for the storm. “Seventy years ago this is how people lived, and if you're prepared for it, you can live with it.” Temperatures remained below 50 degrees in the Hagerstown area Wednesday.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | October 31, 2012
The Tri-State area was spared from the worst of the storm that had been Hurricane Sandy, but thousands could be without power for days, and many schools and government agencies remained closed on Tuesday. As of 7 a.m., Wednesday, nearly 10,000 Tri-State area customers were still without power, according to FirstEnergy Corp.'s website. Berkeley Countly, W.Va., topped the list with 3,661 customer without power and Franklin County, Pa., had the second-highest amount with 3,519 customers without electricity.
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