Storms, high winds knock out power, down trees, start brush fires

April 24, 1996|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

A line of showers and thunderstorms with high winds that preceded a cold front rolled across the state late yesterday afternoon, causing brush fires, blowing down trees and knocking out power to 25,000 households and businesses.

The roof covering four townhouses in the 5000 block of Clifton Ave. in West Baltimore was blown off by wind gusts of up to 50 mph.

High winds kept firefighters busy -- 14 brush fires broke out in Anne Arundel County, two in Montgomery County and several more in Prince George's County, officials in those jurisdictions said.

About 25,000 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers lost power during the storm, mostly from winds knocking trees against power lines or toppling the lines. By 10 p.m., 5,000 were without power, said BGE spokesman Arthur J. Slusark.

Pub Date: 4/24/96

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