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Storms blow cooler weather back into area

National Weather Service map shows blustery conditions in the Baltimore area about 8 p.m. Saturday.
National Weather Service map shows blustery conditions in the Baltimore area about 8 p.m. Saturday.(National weather Service)

After a stretch of unseasonably warm weather last week, storms blew through the Baltimore area Saturday, bringing high winds and hail and leaving lower temperatures in their wake.

A thunderstorm Saturday afternoon quickly brought temperatures that were in the 70s down to the 50s. High gusts of wind and hail were reported in the region, which was under a severe thunderstorm watch for most of the afternoon.

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The National Weather Service received reports of a tornado in Charles County but could not confirm that one touched down as of Saturday night.

Diane Richardson, a spokeswoman for the Charles County sheriff's office, said there was damage along a 7- to 10-mile stretch of St. Charles Parkway, where trees were down and power outages were reported.

"For several minutes, it was quite scary," she said.

By 6:30 p.m., she said, most of the power had been restored and the roads were cleared. No injuries were reported.

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. reported 179 outages in Baltimore and surrounding counties Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service projects lower temperaturesr for Baltimore during the next few days, though the weather will still be warmer than usual. Sunday is expected to be sunny with a high near 47, and highs will reach the 50s and 60s early next week.

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