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February 13, 2017 10:52
Severe Thunderstorm Hits Maryland

A severe thunderstorm moved through the Maryland and Washington, D.C., area late on Sunday night, with the wind gusts exceeding 60 mph in some spots. The potential for strong winds is expected to remain through the Monday evening.

The National Weather Service announced the severe weather statement at around 10:40 p.m. for Anne Arundel, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Frederick and Prince Georges counties.

The National Weather Service's Baltimore/Washington Twitter account said that, "I-95 corridor in northeastern MD including Baltimore metro area: prepare immediately for damaging winds! Head to safety!"

By 11:15 p.m., some fire departments, including the Montgomery County, and the weather service were reporting numerous calls for downed power lines and the trees. Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. began reporting outages in the northwest of Baltimore.

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After Maryland Transportation Authority officials issued the fog and wind warnings for the Tydings Bridge on Interstate 95 late on Sunday night, the agency reported that the lanes were blocked by two overturned tractor trailers, but it was not immediately clear if the incidents were caused by the severe weather.

The weather service said that, gusts of 68 mph wind were measured in the Camp David at 10:02 p.m. and 66 mph wind gusts at the Reagan Airport at 11:21 p.m.

The Baltimore area is also under the high wind warning overnight Sunday into Monday evening. The National Weather Service is forecasting northwest 25 to 35 mph with the gusts up to 60 mph.

By Mrudula.

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