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April 17, 2010
A storm that blew through the Tri-State region Friday afternoon knocked down some trees and power lines in Washington County, a 911 dispatcher said. Jefferson County, W.Va., also had scattered trees and wires down, a dispatcher there said. Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer's Web site reported that .15 inches of rain fell and the top wind speed was 53 mph, at 3:55 p.m. The National Weather Service issued a statement Friday night that strong thunderstorms, with wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph, were on their way to the region.
NEWS
May 24, 2013
Pennsylvania State Police were investigating the thefts of what were described as metal storm grates belonging to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The grates were reported stolen Wednesday from sites on Hykes and Milnor roads and Pa. 16 in Antrim Township, police said. Anyone with information about the thefts can call state police at 717-264-5161.
NEWS
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
March 5, 2013
Here is a list of tips from a page on the Maryland State Highway Administration's website at http://www.sha.state.md.us/index.aspx?PageId=242 if you need to drive in the snow. Allow extra time to get to where you are going. Keep in mind that four-wheel drive vehicles are just as vulnerable to slipping on ice as regular two-wheel drive vehicles. If your car begins to skid, take your foot off the gas pedal and immediately steer in the direction of the skid. Do not panic or slam on the brakes.
NEWS
February 14, 2007
As the young took advantage of snow play during Tuesday's snowfall, drivers were careful not to let Old Man Winter get the best of them.
NEWS
October 29, 2012
Following are some tips to help people weather the storm: Safe driving Drive only if necessary. Stay away from flooded roads and washed-out bridges. Avoid areas that are susceptible to localized flooding. Do not drive through standing water. Keep away from downed power lines and report them immediately. Intersections with non-functioning traffic lights should be treated as four-way stops. Make eye contact with other drivers at the intersection before proceeding.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | January 27, 2011
If you're looking for an answer to how only 8 to 10 inches of snow could make conditions so bad on area roadways during Wednesday's storm, attribute it to "bad timing," a weather official said. Or, in the words of state highway officials, it was the "perfect storm. " One of the reasons the storm paralyzed the region was because Wednesday's precipitation switched from sleet and rain to snow at about 5 p.m., just in time for the evening rush hour, said Heather Sheffield, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
OPINION
March 11, 2013
This is what I love about U.S. journalism. We could waste our time getting to the bottom of the Fast and Furious weapons scandal, expose the agro-chemical industry for poisoning our babies or bring shame to Congress for failing to perform even the most routine of duties. But no, we don't have that cuz - there's a storm a comin'. Thanks to advances in meteorological sciences, we now get frantic a full five days earlier than we did a decade ago. What crystallized it for me was a “live report” from one of the Washington television stations 48 hours before “Snowquester” was supposed to cripple the East Coast on Wednesday.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | September 8, 2012
There were several calls to Washington County emergency communications of possible funnel-cloud sightings when a line of fast-moving storms moved through the county Saturday, but none were confirmed as tornadoes as of Saturday night by the National Weather Service. The center received about five calls about funnel-cloud sightings Saturday afternoon, a 911 dispatcher said Saturday night. Howard Silverman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va., said none were confirmed within its region, which includes much of Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia.
NEWS
September 2, 2010
BUXTON, N.C. (AP) -- Hurricane Earl churned past the North Carolina Outer Banks and its powerful gusts and driving rains were starting to be felt in southeastern Virginia early Friday, the beginning of at least 24 hours of stormy, windy weather along the East Coast. Residents and officials of North Carolina's barrier islands were waiting for daybreak to see how much damage the storm's winds and waves had left behind. But National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Collins said Earl had produced little storm surge and only minor flooding in some coastal counties.
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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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NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | June 19, 2013
The Tuscarora School Board's decision to have Mercersburg Elementary School Principal Lura Hanks oversee two elementary schools caused a firestorm after Tuesday's meeting. Starting next year, Hanks will divide her time between Mercersburg and Montgomery elementary schools. That decision came after school board members voted 7-0 to approve the administrative change in order to free up Brett Kagarise, who currently serves as principal at Montgomery and Mountain View elementary schools, to serve full-time at Mountain View.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | June 13, 2013
Although up to 4 inches of rain were forecast for Hagerstown, the city largely dodged a massive storm system rolling across the nation, ending up with just 0.62 inches of precipitation on Thursday. By 7:45 p.m., the city was declared in the clear. “We're done,” said Andy Woodcock, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va. Although it was described as unusually massive, such weather systems can be hard to predict, said Woodcock, explaining that a variety of factors - including atmospheric conditions and jet streams - have an affect on the severity of thunderstorms.
NEWS
From staff reports | June 13, 2013
A massive storm system that swept through the Midwest on Wednesday reached the Tri-State area Thursday morning, packing strong winds and heavy rain. A second round of storms could arrive later in the day, according to forecasters, but the main threat of severe weather was to the south of Washington County. A severe thunderstorm watch was in effect in eastern West Virginia through 7 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Washington County and neighboring counties remained under a flash flood watch through 5 p.m., the NWS said.
NEWS
June 2, 2013
Storms that passed through the Hagerstown area Sunday afternoon knocked down trees and caused a brief delay for the Western Maryland Blues Fest in City Park, officials said. A Maryland State Police spokesman said he believes the storms also contributed to a vehicle accident on westbound Interstate 70 at the 29-mile marker. The crash was reported at 3:34 p.m., the same time a wind gust of 30 mph was recorded in Hagerstown, officials said. The accident in the area of the Sharpsburg Pike interchange occurred when a vehicle struck a guardrail, police said.
NEWS
May 25, 2013
Two McConnellsburg, Pa., men have been charged in connection with the thefts of about 20 metal storm grates in Franklin County, according to a Pennsylvania State Police news release. Zachary Pittman, 23, and John Pittman Jr., 22, were charged with theft after trying to take a storm grate on Friday, troopers said. The storm-grate thefts occurred within the last month in Antrim, Montgomery and Peters townships, troopers said. The grates belong to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
NEWS
May 24, 2013
Pennsylvania State Police were investigating the thefts of what were described as metal storm grates belonging to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The grates were reported stolen Wednesday from sites on Hykes and Milnor roads and Pa. 16 in Antrim Township, police said. Anyone with information about the thefts can call state police at 717-264-5161.
SPORTS
May 12, 2013
Sunday, May 12, 2013 PREP BASEBALL Mercersburg 12, Lawrenceville 2 LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - Collin Gibbons-Fly's three-run homer highlighted a seven-run fourth inning as Mercersburg Academy clinched the Mid-Atlantic Prep League regular-season title by beating Lawrenceville. Tiger Smith pitched 5 1/3 innings of one-hit ball, striking out 14 to improve his record to 6-1. Mike Collins came on in relief and allowed just one hit over the final 1 2/3 innings, striking out four.
SPORTS
By BRETT NIEVES | brett.nieves@herald-mail.com | April 19, 2013
The Smithsburg softball team won twice on Friday. The Leopards beat the rain and Oakdale. The Leopards struggled through the early innings, but scored when it counted to pull out a 6-1 victory over Oakdale in a game that was halted by rain midway through the fifth inning. “We started slow today and I don't like to do that, but we made some adjustments and were able to break it open,” Smithsburg coach Katy Barnhart said. Smithsburg (5-5) was sluggish offensively until the third and fourth innings, when the Leopards scored all their runs.
SPORTS
By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com | April 9, 2013
Throwing only two strikes to the first three batters in the opposing lineup is not a good indication of how things might fare. Saint James starter Ben Holland walked the first three batters in the Mercersburg Academy lineup and each scored in a three-run first inning. Four innings later, players shook hands after Mercersburg had recorded a 16-0 victory over the Saints, who return to action Wednesday at home against Flint Hill. “You can't start a game the way we did and make it competitive,” Saint James coach Mick Kerns said.
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