Rain showers sweep through Central Md. Power lines are downed, I-95 traffic disrupted


A fast-moving storm brought sheets of rain to Baltimore last night, slowing traffic, flooding roads and downing power lines.

The storm also knocked out power to 15,000 customers in Central Maryland, said Karl Neddenien, a spokesman for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.

Neddenien said 7,900 lost power in Baltimore; 4,000 in Howard County, and 2,300 in the Glen Burnie section of Anne Arundel County. He said service should be restored this morning.

The storm swept into Baltimore about 10 p.m., felling power lines in West Baltimore, slowing traffic on Interstate 95 and flooding sidewalks in Fells Point and at the intersections of Russell and Bayard streets in South Baltimore, where water rose to car windows, and Cherry Hill Road and Waterview Avenue.

City water department crews responded to the intersections to clear storm drains, and police dispatchers were advising patrol vehicles to stay away from flooded areas.

Andy Stern, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Sterling, Va., said the storm was caused by a mass of tropical air that moved up the Chesapeake Bay from the south.

"We're talking about seeing heavy rain, maybe an inch or two of rain in some areas, while other areas may see only a trace of rain," Stern said.

The weather service said an inch of rain fell at Fort McHenry within an hour.

In West Baltimore, the storm also downed power lines at McKean and Fulton avenues.

The weather service issued a tornado warning at 11: 23 p.m. for Kent and Queen Anne's counties after radar showed a possible tornado near Edesville, a small Kent County community near Rock Hall. But police and fire officials last night could not confirm that a tornado had touched down.

Pub Date: 7/31/98

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