Mid-Atlantic rain prompts evacuations, outages
The Associated Press, May 12, 2008
Heavy rain and strong winds battered the mid-Atlantic region Monday, knocking out power to tens of thousands of customers, closing roads that flooded and prompting evacuations in flooded communities.
Up to 4 inches of rain fell across the region from Sunday afternoon into Monday morning, and the National Weather Service extended a flood warning for some areas into the afternoon.
A sinkhole up to 30 feet wide and 10 feet deep led to the evacuation of three homes in
Authorities said trees came down in the high winds, cutting power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses.
The power was also out to more than 42,000 customers in
Maryland Emergency Management Agency spokesman Ed McDonough said Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties were among the hardest hit by the storm. He says some areas had two feet of standing water, and another inch of rain was expected before the morning was over.
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