Storms Sever Power to Thousands of Homes, Businesses

By Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, June 9, 2009; 6:37 PM

More than 90,000 homes and businesses in the Washington region were without electricity this evening as the day's second wave of thunderstorms tore at power lines.

The largest number of outages -- more than 30,000 -- were reported in Baltimore County by BGE shortly after 6 p.m. In Northern Virginia, 14,600 homes and businesses were also affected.

Hailstones the size of quarters rattled through trees and onto roofs and streets from West Virginia eastward as the storm darkened skies over the region, and brought a reported wind gust of 65 mph to a spot near Crownsville in Anne Arundel County.

Almost one-third of an inch of rain fell there in less than 10 minutes. At Dulles International Airport, the evening storm dropped .14 inches of rain between 5 and 6 p.m.

Earlier, more than two-thirds of an inch of rain was measured at Hagerstown, Md between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

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