PHOTOS/VIDEO: Strong winds down power lines, damage fire station

Mar. 4—CUMBERLAND — Strong winds that moved through the region early Saturday downed trees and power lines and left thousands without electricity. The winds also toppled a section of the Frostburg Fire Department's South Water Street station.

By 3:30 p.m., according to Potomac Edison, outages in Allegany County were down to about 3,300 from a high of more than 7,500 earlier in the day. Most of the remaining outages were in the Frostburg area.

There were about 800 without electricity in Garrett County and 1,825 in Mineral County, West Virginia, after more than 3,300 had been without power earlier Saturday. Most of those were in the Keyser and New Creek areas. Another 1,000 were reportedly without power in Grant County, West Virginia.

In a statement, Potomac Edison said it hoped to have service restored to those remaining without electricity by Monday evening. "With additional crews on the way to assist in the restoration effort, we hope to have many areas restored sooner," the statement said.

Volunteer firefighters across both counties were busy clearing trees and checking electrical hazards. Numerous roads were blocked prompting the Allegany County 911 center to activate its Emergency Call Mode just after 8 a.m. Firefighters at all stations in the county were called to staff their stations due to the large number of emergency calls dispatchers were receiving.

The Frostburg Fire Department Station No. 1 suffered damage. The south end of the structure was damaged. Firefighters, including the county structural collapse team, were called there at 8:50 a.m.

A high wind warning issued by the National Weather Service remained in effect until 4 p.m. Gusts of 30 to 40 mph were reported with some reaching more than 50 mph.