Cold front brings heavy rain and winds that down trees

October 15, 2003|By Johnathon E. Briggs | Johnathon E. Briggs,SUN STAFF

It was just what Marylanders didn't need: Putting a temporary damper on a string of picturesque autumn days, a cold front rumbled across Maryland last night, producing bands of heavy rain, a few thunderstorms and gusty winds that downed trees.

While few problems were reported by authorities, the National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for today, with gusts as strong as 55 mph blowing in from the northwest behind the frontal system. The winds are expected to diminish later today.

"Since we did have a little over an inch in some spots, that makes the ground moist and easier for trees and power lines to be blown down," said Richard Hitchens, a meteorologist with the weather service in Sterling, Va. "With wind gusts between 45 to 55 mph, that would be more than sufficient to cause some isolated tree damage."

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. reported no outages last night as the storm dumped more than an inch of rain in areas from Cumberland to the Eastern Shore. Meteorologists said it was the area's first measurable rainfall since the Sept. 23 storm that followed Tropical Storm Isabel.

Sun staff writer Richard Irwin contributed to this article.

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