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Weather, traffic problems make for difficult homebound commute in Harford Tuesday

The weather's been nice for the past few days, with the promise of more nice days in the immediate forecast, but Mother Nature didn't make Tuesday evening's commute home a very good one for lots of drivers in Harford County.

As the heaviest rain was falling, roads flooded and trees fell down, taking wires with them. Police said the rain appeared to be a factor in several traffic accidents on Harford roads, many which tied up homebound traffic.

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Around 7:15 p.m., Maryland State Police said the intersection of Schuster Road and Jarrettsville Pike near Madonna would be reopening any time after an accident two hours earlier.

The duty officer at the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack said a tractor trailer and a car collided around 5:08 p.m. and blocked the intersection. He said the accident didn't appear to be serious, other than blocking the road because of the size of the tractor trailer.

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Wheel Road, between Laurel Bush and MacPhail roads in Bel Air, was still closed around 7:30 p.m. because of trees and wires down.

Harford County public works crews were waiting on BGE to turn off the electricity and remove the wires before they removed the tree

Also closed was Beechwood Lane in Fallston, where a tree was down and blocking the road.

There were reports of high water in Havre de Grace on Route 40 and Old Post Road and downed trees, according to Harford County Emergency Operations Center Manager Rick Ayers.

"The storm didn't really cause any major issues," he added in an e-mail.

Some Harford County Baltimore Gas and Electric customers may have experienced an outage in their service, according to spokeswoman Rachael Lighty.

Weather-related outages started around 4:30 p.m. and service was restored by 12:20 a.m., she wrote in an e-mail.

Of the approximately 5,400 customers who lost power in the storm, 616 of them were in Harford County, according to Lighty.

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