June 3, 2013
Two homes in the Potomac Place neighborhood of Fort Meade were destroyed and two more damaged in a fire Sunday, base officials said. No one was injured in the fire, which was ignited by a lightning strike to the roof of one home at about 6:30 p.m., officials said. The homes were located at 5th Corps Avenue and Taylor Lane. Several families were evacuated while firefighters from Anne Arundel County and Fort Meade brought the blaze under control, officials said. The displaced families were sheltered in a neighborhood center until they could be relocated into temporarily housing, officials said.
May 22, 2013
The Class 4A-3A boys lacrosse championship between defending champion South River and Westminster was suspended Wednesday due to lightning at UMBC. The game will resume at 6 p.m. Thursday with the Seahawks leading, 8-7, and 1 minute, 11 seconds left in the first half. The first sight of lightning came at 8:55 p.m. to prompt an automatic 30-minute delay. Just as the players returned to the field and play was expected to continue at 9:25 p.m., lightning was seen in the area, forcing the suspension.
October 9, 2012
I can appreciate that when discussing the "When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors" policy, Donna Franklin, Lightning Safety Program Lead for the National Weather Service, would expound on the dangers associated with lightning (letter, Sept. 20). After all, that is her government job. However, she totally missed the point of the need for a cost/benefit and effectiveness analysis of the "cure" versus the cost. I do not begrudge the cost of putting up a few signs as long as they do not add to sign pollution nor overload.
September 18, 2012
This is in response to the Sept. 6 letter to the editor, "County's policy on lightning well-intentioned but misguided. " The National Weather Service applauds Howard County's lightning safety education effort to protect its residents. The safety message on the sign, "When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors" can be a matter of life or death. If you can hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike and you should seek shelter immediately. If a substantial building is not close by, a vehicle provides very safe shelter.
September 1, 2012
Stormy weather with flashes of lightning lead organizers to cut short The Band Perry's headlining show at the Maryland State Fair Saturday night. As the rain began shortly before the scheduled performance at 7:30 p.m., many people rushed to take cover in the horseracing grandstand at the Timonium Fairgrounds. Fans endured an hour delay before the popular country band finally took the stage. After fans filed into the infield of the race track, the band played seven songs of their set before flashes of lightning forced them to leave the stage.
May 23, 2012
The Hereford-Glenelg boys lacrosse Class 3A-2A state title game has been postponed to 4 p.m. tomorrow at UMBC due to lightning. The game was originally scheduled for 8 p.m. Wednesday night, but officials are trying to wait out the weather to finish the South River-Westminster boys lacrosse game that started earlier afternoon. The teams have 2 minutes, 33 seconds left to play and is scheduled to resume at 7:33 p.m. The Severna Park-Westminster girls lacrosse Class 4A-3A state title game has been tentatively scheduled to begin.