High winds, lightning cause damage as storms race through mid-Atlantic



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MARRIOTTSVILLE, Maryland — High winds downed trees and wires, and lightning is being blamed for a house fire in Maryland as severe storms raced through the mid-Atlantic region.

Howard County Fire Department Battalion Chief Stephen Hardesty says officials believe a lightning strike likely started a fire in a Marriottsville home around 5 a.m. Tuesday. He says two residents got out unharmed, but one firefighter suffered minor injuries when the roof collapsed.

Maryland Transit Administration officials tweeted that one MARC Camden line train headed to Washington from Baltimore was delayed about 15 minutes after it hit a downed tree.

Maryland officials reported about 4,630 customers without power statewide at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday at the peak of the outages. Dominion Power reported about 250 customers in the dark early Tuesday in northern Virginia.

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