- The Washington Times - Monday, July 17, 2000

In just about the time it takes to get an oil change, a pounding thunderstorm came and went yesterday, leaving a few thousand households in the dark and interrupting Sunday afternoon activities for tourists and residents alike.
The one-hour storm pounced from the west about 1 p.m. and raced through the northeastern part of the region toward Baltimore.
It knocked out power to scattered customers, with the most heavily hit areas in central Maryland, and caused high water on many roadways.
Potomac Electric Power Co. reported about 2,600 customers lost power in the District of Columbia and Prince George's and Montgomery counties (Md.).
"Not one big area was affected," said Angela Walters, spokeswoman for Baltimore Gas and Electric, which reported scattered outages.
Virginia residents weren't as lucky. At 2:07 p.m. a bolt of lightning apparently hit a major power circuit in Leesburg, causing more than 2,200 outages in Loudoun, Arlington and Fairfax counties and in Alexandria. Virginia Power had reduced the number of outages to fewer than 200 when another storm last evening affected another 2,000 customers.
"We got that under control at about 3:40," Virginia Power spokesman Jerry Norris said. After that, only about 100 residents were without power.
More than 13,000 customers lost power in central Maryland, however. "We will be working on restoration throughout the night," Miss Walters said.
The unexpected storm delayed the start of the Orioles' game against the Florida Marlins in Baltimore for about an hour and a quarter.
An inch of hail fell in Bowie, and heavy rains caused street flooding in Towson, said Michelle Margraf of the National Weather Service. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport was the only area airport to record significant rainfall with a half an inch.
The rain forced golfers at Langston Golf Course in Northeast D.C. to abandon putts and flee to the pro shop. "No one was really upset," said club pro Jimmy Garvin.
"All the guys were glad to get inside after they saw the lightning. The only big thing that happened is the storm knocked out our TV."

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