Strong Storms Pound Montgomery County

Thunderstorm clouds rainUPDATED Thousands of Montgomery County residents from Gaithersburg to Olney found themselves in the dark during the evening of May 27 after a strong line of thunderstorms swept through the area.

At one point, Pepco’s online outage maps indicated more than 35,000 customers in Montgomery County were without power. At 6:30 a.m. on May 28, there were still 855 Pepco customers with no electricity in Montgomery County.

Fire and Rescue Spokesperson Pete Piringer reported power lines and trees down and widespread power outages in the Upcounty. Residents were reminded to treat dark traffic signals as four-way stops.

At 6:30 a.m. on May 28, southbound N. Frederick Avenue (355) remained closed at Plummer Drive following the stormy weather. Motorists were advised to find an alternate route and expect increased congestion in that area.

At one point during the storm, Montgomery County Council President Craig Rice reported on his Twitter account that pea-sized hail was falling at his home in Germantown. Other residents posted photos of hail falling on their decks and lawns.

According to a National Weather Service warning, the storm was capable of producing hail up to the size of quarters and included damaging winds in excess of 60 mph.

A Germantown woman walking her dog at Brink Road and Blunt Road was injured at about 7 p.m. last night after a lightning bolt struck nearby. Piringer said the woman was transported to the hospital with serious but non life threatening injuries.

Cleanup continues and more storms are predicted for the region later today (May 28).

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Sonya Burke

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