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Strong Storms Hit Montgomery County Causing Power Outages and Flooding Roadways

Raindrops on car window outside White's Ferry StoreUPDATED Strong storms swept through Montgomery County on Wednesday evening taking trees down, causing power outages and flooding local roadways.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Spokesperson Pete Piringer said emergency communications dispatch was operating on “Condition Red” because of the high volume of calls.

According to Piringer, firefighters were responding to several water rescues and wires and poles down.

Montgomery County police officers said there were multiple reports of downed trees and wires blocking roads across the county.

Some of the roads that were closed for flooding or utility emergencies, included: Ridge Road and Davis Mill Road, Goldsboro Road and Massachusetts Avenue, Georgia Avenue and Brookeville Road and East West Highway and Sundale Road.

Due to high water, the left two lanes of the Inner Loop I-495 at Columbia Pike were also closed. Motorists during the evening rush hour were advised to expect significant delays and to seek an alternate route.

Pepco’s online outage map indicated over 3,600 customers in Montgomery County were without power at 7 p.m. If your power goes out, call 1.877.737.2662.

According to online outage maps, over 1,300 First Energy customers in Montgomery County were also without power.

A Tornado Watch for Montgomery County expired at 7 p.m.

A Flood Warning has been extended until 10:30 p.m. for low-lying areas in Montgomery County. Remember, “turn around, don’t drown.” County officials say you should never drive a vehicle into a water covered roadway.

Sonya Burke

About Sonya Burke

Sonya Burke is the Multimedia Manager at Montgomery Community Media (MCM). You can email story ideas at sburke@mymcmedia.org or reach her on Twitter @SonyaNBurke.

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