- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 5, 2003


A fast-moving storm that swept through Montgomery County yesterday afternoon tore roofs off houses, toppled trees and downed power lines.

At least one witness said a tornado touched down near the town of Poolesville, but National Weather Service forecasters will need until today to make a confirmation.

The worst storm-related injury was a woman on a golf course hurt when lightening struck. She was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the Montgomery County fire department said.

The most severe damage occurred in Germantown where about 12 town houses lost their roofs.

“It was pretty bad,” said Donna Chadwick of northern Montgomery County. “I looked at the sky and it was green and boiling.”

The intense storm that included wind gusts of 65 mph and small hail began at 3:15 p.m. and lasted for about 15 minutes. Forecasters said the storm was caused by unseasonable high temperatures colliding with cooler air.

About 7,000 customers in Montgomery County lost power, according to the Potomac Electric Power Co. Crews had restored power to all but 3,700 customers in the Germantown and Gaithersburg area last night, spokeswoman Denise Gavilan said.

The storm also brought high winds and caused some minor property damage in the Leesburg, Va., area before racing northeast toward Baltimore at and estimated 45 mph.

The MARC commuter trains that go between West Virginia and the District were delayed more than 2 hours at Union Station so crews could clear downed trees from the tracks, particularly in Gaithersburg and Rockville.

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