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The thunderstorms that blew through Harford County over the weekend brought a lot of rain and some power outages, but ultimately they seemed to have more bark than bite.

The main impact was the loss of power to about 8,000 homes and businesses during the peak of a storm on Sunday, said Rick Ayers, emergency manager at the Harford County Department of Emergency Operations.

As of Tuesday morning, all power seemed to have been restored, he said.

About two inches of rain fell between Friday and Sunday, said meteorologist Michael Padovani at the Aberdeen Proving Ground weather center.

During the especially severe thunderstorm Friday, winds were clocked at up to 40 miles per hour.

Other gusts throughout the weekend ranged from 25 to 30 miles per hour, he said.

“We had several thunderstorms come through Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning,” Padovani said.

Besides power outages, “there was some reports of other damage in Havre de Grace from downbursts out of the storm on Sunday, some minor damage to a structure in Havre de Grace,” Ayers said.

The roof of the Tidewater Grille was mildly damaged, he said.

Despite the high winds, no tornadoes were reported in the county, only downbursts, Ayres said.

“With the storms on Friday, some reported tornadoes in other parts of the state,” he said.

Other than that, the impact was the same as any other summer thunderstorm, Ayres said — transformer fires, set off alarms and downed wires.

The majority of calls placed to the EOC during the Friday storm were for downed wires, said Ross Coates, public safety communications manager at the center.

Several lightning strikes were reported, including one at a house on Lynn Lee Drive in Carsins Run, near Aberdeen.

The house was not damaged, he said.

Lightning also struck at the Harford County Farm Fair near Bel Air on Sunday, but Joan Ryder, chairwoman of the fair, said she was not aware of any resulting damage.

All in all, Coates said, “it was just the traditional storm damage, just some trees and wires down.”


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