Storms drive down high temperatures -- until tomorrow

June 20, 1994|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Sun Staff Writer

The heat and humidity were broken yesterday by a series of fast-moving storms that rolled into the Baltimore area from the south, signaling the leading edge of a cool front that will make matters a bit more comfortable -- if only for a day.

The storms, which formed over southern Pennsylvania and moved into Central Maryland in late afternoon, brought some scattered heavy downpours, a lot of thunder and lightning and strong winds that sent at least two trees crashing into houses.

Because of the cool front, temperatures will be about 10 degrees cooler today, bringing some short-lived relief. By tomorrow, the start of summer, the mercury will climb back to the mid-90s, said Amet Figueroa, a forecaster for the National Weather Service at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

An uprooted tree did extensive damage to a house in the 1700 block of Tarleton Way in Crofton, Anne Arundel County fire officials said. The storm came through the community in the western part of the county about 4:15 p.m.

Strong winds blew the tree against the house, tearing a hole in the roof over the living room and dining room, said Lt. Robert Kornmann, a fire department spokesman. Another tree was uprooted in the 1700 block of Shaftsbury Ave., but fell against another tree.

In Baltimore County, a tree blew against a house in the 4000 block of Beach Road in North Point, causing extensive damage.

"We were just sitting here and a terrible wind started blowing," said Grace Nowacki, whose husband, Stephen, built the concrete block house 40 years ago.

"We heard this noise and rain and everything is coming though our house," she said. "When we looked out there, there was this big tree laying on our roof. . . . We've got water all over the place."

Baltimore county police also reported that a utility pole was blown down and caught fire on Beachwood Road at Leswood Court, near the Nowacki home. The pole fire was extinguished quickly.

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said about 33,000 customers lost power because of the storms yesterday. Most of the power outages -- 21,200 -- occurred in Anne Arundel County. About 6,000 homes and businesses lost power in Harford County, 2,600 in Baltimore City, 2,400 in Carroll County, 625 in Howard and 500 homes in Baltimore County.

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