Storm causes significant power, and traffic light outages in Cordova, Germantown

A severe storm that hit Cordova and Germantown, Maryland, on June 12, 2023, caused significant power outages and traffic light failures throughout the area. Here’s what you need to know about the storm and its aftermath.


The Storm

The storm hit the Cordova and Germantown areas in the early evening on June 12, 2023. The storm brought heavy rain, strong winds, and lightning strikes. The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the area, and many residents reported hearing thunder and bright lightning flashes.

The storm caused significant power outages throughout the area, with many residents reporting that they were without power for several hours. The storm also caused traffic light failures, which led to major traffic backups and delays.

The Aftermath

In the aftermath of the storm, crews worked to restore power and repair traffic lights throughout the Cordova and Germantown areas. Many residents took to social media to share updates on the outages and to express their frustration with the delays.

According to a WUSA9 article, Montgomery County officials urged residents to use caution while driving in the affected areas and to treat all non-functioning traffic lights as four-way stops.

As of June 13, 2023, power had been restored to most affected areas, but some traffic lights were still out of service. Crews continued to work to repair the traffic lights and restore normal traffic flow.

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Preparation for Future Storms

The storm in Cordova and Germantown serves as a reminder of the importance of being prepared for severe weather events. Residents are encouraged to plan for power outages and to schedule an emergency kit with essential supplies such as food, water, and first aid items.

In addition, residents should stay informed about weather conditions in their area and be prepared to take action if severe weather is expected. This can include staying indoors, seeking shelter, or evacuating if necessary.

As of 11:30 a.m., more than 2,332 customers are without power in the Memphis area. MLGW is urging anyone without power to call 901-544-6500.

The Severe Thunderstorm Watch was issued for parts of Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi, on Sunday and lasted until 10:00 p.m. Those areas were upgraded to an enhanced risk for severe weather.

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