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Winds Cause Utility Pole To Fall On Metro Tracks

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Metro's general manager says they have implemented more than 100 corrective safety measures since the fatal 2009 crash on the Red Line.
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Metro's general manager says they have implemented more than 100 corrective safety measures since the fatal 2009 crash on the Red Line.

Trains have begun running normally, but delays on the Red Line still persist. The pole fell on the tracks. There are conflicting accounts about exactly where the pole fell, and whether it fell in front of or on a train. A Metro employee says no injuries have been reported and an investigation has been launched.

Winds have been gusting as high as 56 miles per hour throughout the metro area. The strong winds have knocked power out to thousands utility customers. Strong winds halted service on Baltmore's light rail leading to signal problems between Union station and Rockville. The problems caused delays on Marc's Brunswick line.

The roof of a 14-unit building in Northeast D.C. was peeled back by strong winds. About 40 people live in the building but there are no reports of injuries.

For the second time in a week, the sign for Potomac Mills in Woodbridge, Va., has come down due to high winds.

Petty Officer Robert Brazell says the 1,000-foot Atlantic Companion drifted away from the Dundalk Marine Terminal and into the channel. He says it then ran aground. Four tug boats towed the ship back to the terminal. Brazell also says around the same time the ship broke free, an 80-foot crane barge was freed by the high winds. The barge drifted into the Coast Guard base in Curtis Bay where it grazed a dock.


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