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New misery in Mid-Atlantic

Severe weather in the mid-Atlantic late Monday and early Tuesday compounded the misery left by Hurricane Isabel.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | September 23, 2003

Severe weather in the mid-Atlantic late Monday and early Tuesday compounded the misery left by Hurricane Isabel.

Flooding hit the already-soaked Susquehanna Valley, torrential rain deluged Baltimore, and a tornado touched down in the Richmond area.

Throughout the mid-Atlantic, as area creeks and streams overflowed their banks, roadways were flooded and rescue vehicles plucked stranded motorists from their cars.

New storms hit as Baltimore neighborhoods were still trying to clean up from Hurricane Isabel's strike last week. New power outages blanketed the area, piling onto thousands still without power since Isabel.

Baltimore-area power outages, which had been reduced to about 133,000 customers since Isabel, were up again by another 50,000, according to Baltimore Gas and Electric.

In Richmond, a possible tornado touched down, plunging another 27,000 people into darkness and damaging an unknown number of homes, according to the National Weather Service. A mobile home park sustained major damage.

In Frederick, Md., a sinkhole opened on a major highway, and other areas that had just dried out from Isabel were under water again.

Pennsylvania's York County was reporting flood damage south of York, particularly near Dover Township. Streams were still rising there Tuesday morning even though skies were clearing. In Lancaster County, around Ephrata, flood damage was occurring as well. Streams in that area won't crest until Tuesday afternoon, according to forecasters.

There was also scattered storm damage in New Jersey.


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