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Storms pound Eastern U.S.

BY SUSAN KIM | Baltimore, MD | August 9, 2000

Late Wednesday afternoon in Ohio, residents in Darke and Miami counties took cover as the wind

downed trees and power lines A resort trailer park, Cottonwood, located north of Versailles, sustained

damage, according to Mindy Allread, spokesperson for Darke County emergency management.

In Ohio's Miami County, 40 workers were removing trees with chainsaws until 10 p.m. Wednesday

night, said Deputy Chief Wayne Willcox of the Piqua Police Department.

The wall of storms -- which moved as fast as 50 mph -- then hit West Virginia. Hardest hit counties were

Webster, Putnam, and Barber. In Webster County, 38 percent of the county was without power on

Wednesday night. "There is wind damage to homes. Trees blew onto houses and roofs were blown off,"

said Don McCourt, director of Webster County emergency management. In Putnam County, similar

damages were reported and the American Red Cross was still conducting damage assessments

Wednesday night, according to on-duty county emergency management officer Jason Owens. Similar

damages were reported in Barber County.

By the time the storms reached Virginia, Maryland, and the Washington, DC metro area, they had

weakened considerably. Severe weather also pounded Florida, and that state can expect more on

Thursday, according to forecasters, because of thunderstorm activity related to the lingering remnants

of a tropical depression still off the Atlantic seaboard.

Further west, by midday on Wednesday, more than three-quarters inch of rain fell in Saginaw, MI, and

wind gusts up to 53 mph were reported in Muncie, IN.

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