Thousands of homes, mostly in Baltimore County, lost power and two roads were closed for several hours after brief but torrential thunderstorms rumbled across the metropolitan area.
Scattered storms broke out about 7 p.m., carrying sheets of rain to end an otherwise sunny day. It seemed to hit hardest in Jacksonville and Long Green in northeastern Baltimore County, said county Fire Department spokesman Bill Johns.
About 35 felled trees and utility poles in the area forced officials to close Hutschenreuter Road and several miles of Harford Road, Johns said.
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said about 8,500 homes in Baltimore County were without power as a result of the storm. About 1,500 homes in Anne Arundel County, 200 in Harford County and 800 in Baltimore were also affected.
Calvin Meadows, a meteorological technician with the National Weather Service in Virginia, said the storm was so spotty in its impact that its station at Baltimore-Washington International Airport recorded only a trace of rain.