Cumberland Times-News

June 13, 2013

Power outage affects about 1,500 in western portion of Allegany County

Jeffrey Alderton
Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — A check of various emergency centers in the tri-state region showed only a few weather-related calls by daylight Thursday. However, some power outages were reported, including 500 to 1,500 customers without electrical service in the Frostburg area at about 8:30 a.m.

A severe thunderstorm watch remained in effect until 7 p.m. as posted by the National Weather Service.

Gusting high winds and heavy rain predicted for the area apparently failed to materialize, based on Times-News contacts with emergency centers in Allegany, Garrett, Bedford, Mineral and Morgan counties.

Potomac Edison said crews were en route to repair the unknown cause of a power outage in Frostburg that apparently extended to Zihlman and Mount Savage. Up to 1,500 customers were reported without power in the western area of Allegany County.

The Allegany County 911 center said only power outages complaints were received during scattered severe thunderstorms that swept through the region at about dawn. Areas of Paw Paw, Oldtown, Mount Savage and the West Side of the city reportedly experienced outages by mid-morning Thursday.

Emergency dispatchers at various locations sounded a note of relief that potentially dangerous thunderstorms predicted for the region apparently did not materialize as predicted by the NWS.

“It was pretty quiet up here. We had one round (of storms) that came through and cleared out about 6 a.m. We had some high winds and heavy rain,” said a Garrett County dispatcher.

In Mineral County, a 911 dispatcher said  “no outages — no weather-related calls” were received there by 10 a.m.

The Morgan County 911 Center received no weather-related complaints by late Thursday morning. “We didn’t get what they thought we would get. We just had one small thunderstorm go through about 6:30 to 6:45 a.m.,” said a Morgan County dispatcher.

In nearby Pennsylvania, a tree was downed by storms in Bedford County. The incident occurred on U.S. Route 220 in King Township and was apparently the only call stemming from thunderstorms.

Contact Jeffrey Alderton at jlalderton@times-news.com.