BALTIMORE (AP) - Thousands of people in Maryland are without power after powerful storms ripped through the state.
Baltimore Gas and Electric was reporting more than 15,000 customers without power late Tuesday. Nearly 10,000 of those outages were in Howard County. Power had already been restored at thousands of customers that briefly lost power Tuesday.
The storms brought high winds, hail and heavy rain to Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C.
The Baltimore Sun reports that the National Weather Service was sending a meteorologist to Howard County to inspect for signs of a tornado.
The newspaper reports that a chunk of marble fell from the molding on the roof of Baltimore City Hall and shattered panes in the atrium's glass ceiling. Officials suspect it was caused by a lightning strike. No one was hurt.