Storm knocks station, O's game off the air


A violent storm that swept through Maryland last night dropped temperatures, dumped an inch of rain in some places, knocked out power to thousands of homes and cut off WBAL Radio's broadcast of the Orioles game when lightning struck a transmission tower.

The storm arrived with a front of cool air that moved into Maryland from the Midwest, pushing hot humid air that sent temperatures and humidity soaring yesterday afternoon, said Andy Woodcock, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

The heat index reached 103 degrees at 4 p.m. yesterday at Baltimore-Washington International Airport before the clash of cold and warm air created rain and dumped up to an inch.

The storm hit hardest in areas south of the city, with the first power outages reported about 7 p.m. in Anne Arundel County, according to Clay Perry, a spokesman for Constellation Energy.

WBAL's broadcast of the Orioles game with the Yankees, being played in New York, went off the air when the station's tower in Reisterstown was hit by lightning just before 8 p.m. The station was back on the air about 9:30 p.m., well before the game ended.

"We've been inundated with calls," said Susan Carter, an anchorwoman at the radio station.

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