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Posted on: February 24, 2019

[ARCHIVED] High Winds to Continue Overnight


CUMBERLAND - Fire departments across Allegany County have seen increased call volumes responding to trees and wires down incidents related to the high winds. 

“Just after noon we saw an influx of calls reporting trees and power lines down, Todd Bowman, public information officer for Allegany County Department of Emergency Services said. “Units from Westernport to Oldtown and stations in between have been responding to these incidents.”

At approximately 6 p.m. fire and EMS units were dispatched to Rt-51 in the area of the Spring Gap Post Office for a reported vehicle accident. The occupants were not injured, but were stuck in the vehicle because of down power lines, Bowman said. 

The National Weather Service issued a HIGH WIND WARNING that continues through 1 p.m. Monday. Citizens should anticipate sustained winds of 35-45 mph with gusts up to 60 mph overnight.

“We don’t have an exact number of citizens without electric. We are working with FirstEnergy and they are updating our agency as needed,” Deputy Director Roger Bennett said.

If you experience a power outage, report it by calling 1-888-LIGHTSS or using your mobile app. 

“We are anticipating the wind to continue through the night and into the morning. Please use caution while driving and while outside for blowing or falling debris,” Bennett said. “If you come across power lines down, do not attempt to go near them as they could be dangerous.” 

Follow Allegany County Department of Emergency Services on Facebook and Twitter @AlleganyCoDES for updates. 

Todd Bowman is the public information officer for Allegany County Department of Emergency Services. He can be reached via email at or by phone at 240-609-8861. 

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