Wednesday’s Storm Caused Downed Wires, Power Outages, Debris on Roads

Thunderstorms ripped through the county again Wednesday afternoon and evening, causing toppled trees, loss of power, vehicle accidents and stranded cars in high water.

At one point during the storm, about 10,000 customers were without power due mainly to downed trees on power lines. By Thursday morning, 899 customers remained without power due to 77 outages in the county, according to Pepco.      

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services Spokesperson Pete Piringer tweeted photos of roads filled with debris and power lines, many taken near Wildwood Shopping Center on Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda. Several trees fell onto houses in that area, but no injuries were reported, he said, noting that “just about every street in the Wildwood area” had trees and wires strewn throughout.

Hard hit areas also included Silver Spring, White Oak and Kensington, he said.

The county’s Emergency Communication Center handled more that 100 calls for service between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.. “About one call every minute. The daily average (24 hours) is about 325-350 calls for service. They were busy & handled it well,” tweeted Piringer.

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Suzanne Pollak

About Suzanne Pollak

Suzanne is a freelance reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She has over 35 years professional experience writing for newspapers, magazines, non-profit newsletters and the web.


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