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Lightning strikes, downed trees reported in Harford from Thursday storm

Wild storms moved throughHarford County early Thursday evening, taking down trees, knocking out power to a few homes and businesses and bringing lightning that hit at least three houses.

High winds and driving rain swept through the county between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Hail was also reported in a number of places in the greater Bel Air area.

None of the house fires reported caused "significant" damage, according to Dave Williams, spokesman for theHarford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association. All were caused by lightning strikes, he said.

The first fire was reported with the need for a rescue at a home on Greenock Court in the Box Hill North neighborhood in Abingdon, but there was no need for a rescue, Williams said.

Another fire was reported on Laurel View Court in Martin Meadows in Fallston. A third fire, in the Fallston Valley Farms neighborhood, was also reported.

Around 7 p.m. Williams said fire and ambulance crews were responding to numerous calls, most caused by weather, throughoutHarford County, except in the far nothwest corner of the county.

Another storm was getting ready to roll through, he said, and was coming from the west. The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the southeastern part of Harford through 9:15 p.m. Thursday.

Maryland State Police reported primarily problems with trees down in roads.

Trees were reported down at Route 24 and Newport Drive in Forest Hill, where a tree fell on a telephone pole, at Route 543 just south of Route 136 in Creswell and at Routes 161 and 155 in Level, according to the duty officer at theBel Air Barrack.

State police on I-95 also were busy with numerous storm-related calls, mostly small collisions, fender benders.

One of the more serious crashes was on I-95 near Abingdon, where a car overturned in the median. The driver refused medical treatment, according to the duty officer at the JFK Barrack.

Few power outages were reported in Harford County. Between 4 p.m., when storm operations began, and 7:30 p.m., 105 of BGE's 100,948 customers in Harford were without power, according to the company's website.

Check with http://www.exploreharford for updates.

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