derecho

Don Rush

It was the wettest June on record for Salisbury this year.

At the Salisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico Regional Airport registered nearly 10 inches of rain.

In Downtown Salisbury it was higher at just over 11 inches.

June’s rainy weather included the impact of a derecho as well as remnants Tropical Storm Andrea.

All of this could threaten local crops that are already in the ground.

Those like cucumbers squashes and other vegetables are susceptible to mildew and other diseases.

And wheat kernals could also shrink after getting water soaked.

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The Delmarva Power request for a 5.5 percent rate hike will be getting some scrutiny in Salisbury this Thursday in Salisbury.

A commission appointed by the governor will be examining this second rate increase request in as many years from the region’s largest power company which serves half a million customers in Delaware and Eastern Shore.

The rate increase would raise electric bills by an average of $7.74 a month with a new typical charge coming in at $147.

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Another week, another storm.

Warnings

(12:00 a.m. -- There are severe thunderstorm watches and warnings for Kent and Sussex counties in Delaware and for Anne Arundel, Caroline, Carroll, Frederick, Harford and Talbot counties in Maryland.)  

New Castle County

A storm has moved quickly into New Castle County and surrounding areas this morning.

It brought heavy rain and power outages for nearly 15,000 customers across most of the county.

Most of the outages occurred in Hockessin, Newark and Pike Creek areas.

Accuweather

The National Weather Service is warning of a powerful line of gigantic thunderstorms that are rolling out of the Mid-West and are expected to hit Maryland and packing some hail lightning and tree-toppling winds.

They’re called a derecho with winds that could span 240 miles.

The storms are likely to generate tornados and cause power outages followed by oppressive heat.

Meteorologist Mitchell Gaines, National Weather Service:

Power Outages, 123rf.com

BALTIMORE (AP) --It’s the last day for Maryland residents to submit comments about electric companies’ handling of the ”derecho” storm in June that caused days of power outages.

Monday is the last day to submit comments to the Maryland Public Service Commission, which regulates the state’s electric companies. Residents can submit comments through the commission’s website.

PSC is planning hearings with utility companies on September 13 and 14.