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Early Summer Storm Knocks Out Power, Downs Trees


The weather folks had been talking about the possibility of violent storms all day. The high heat and humidity which was hanging around the Germantown area would have to give way to some heavy rain and wind, and that is just what tore through the region Tuesday evening.



The storm blew in shortly after 5:30 pm, with lots of lightening, heavy wind and driving rain. Shortly after 6:00 pm the reports of down trees and power lines began flooding into the Montgomery County Emergency Dispatch Center. The storm down trees which either completely or partially blocked almost every major road in Germantown at some point.

After spending much of the day baking in near 100 degree heat, many Germantown residents spent the night cleaning up from the storms which ripped through town.

Most of the damage seemed to be found in neighborhoods north of Wisteria Drive. At 9:00 pm, Pepco was reporting about 4,500 customers without power due to the storm, according the Pepco’s outage map. Pepco reports over 10,000 customers without power throughout Montgomery County after the storm.

Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service senior spokesman Pete Piriger said, "The storm did some significant damage to Upcounty areas including Germantown, Poolesville, Damascus and Laytonsville. We had a number of reports of trees falling on homes and vehicles."