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Storms cause flooding, road closures in Northeast

The Associated Press


Officials are reporting trees down, roads closed and tens of thousands of power outages in Maryland and Delaware after a line of heavy thunderstorms moved through.

Carroll County Emergency Management Director James Weed says large hail fell near the communities of Union Bridge and New Windsor west of Westminster Thursday morning. He says it piled up "to the point that it looked like snow on the ground."

Baltimore Gas and Electric reports about 8,300 customers without power, mostly in Carroll and Baltimore counties. Potomac Edison reports another 4,600 customers without power in Carroll, Frederick and Allegany counties.

Delmarva Power is reporting 15,000 customers in the dark, mostly in New Castle County, Delaware.

The damage comes from a complex of storms that left tens of thousands without power in the Midwest.

In New York, flooding caused by a run of rainy weather has closed several roads in northern parts of the state.

Emergency services officials in Franklin County say about 30 roads were closed Wednesday during the height of the flooding from local rivers and streams. They say the number of roads remaining closed is in the single digits Thursday morning.

The most severe flooding was reported in Fort Covington, on the Canadian border. Officials say several families had to be evacuated from their homes, while others remained safely on their property because local roads were inundated.

Road closures are also reported in neighboring Clinton County.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for much of upstate New York, saying the region is in for two days of rain starting Thursday.


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