Storms knock out power for thousands More than 5,300 customers remain without power.

July 16, 1992|By Alisa Samuels and Joe Nawrozki | Alisa Samuels and Joe Nawrozki,Staff Writers Staff writer Edward L. Heard Jr. contributed to this article.

More than 5,300 people in the Baltimore metropolitan area remained without electrical power today after powerful thunderstorms ripped through the state yesterday.

Winds of up to 58 mph were reported in some areas. Utility officials said most of the damage was caused by more than 3,000 lightning strikes and the winds.

No injuries were reported.

While Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. trouble-shooters worked to restore lost power today, the company was giving out 80,000 pounds of dry ice where the storms hit hardest.

Peggy Mulloy, a BG&E spokeswoman, said today bags of dry ice was being distributed to help residential customers keep their freezers cold while their power is out.

The distribution points are the Ruhl Armory, York and West roads in Towson just south of Beltway Exit 26; the Jacksonville Volunteer Fire Department, Sweet Air Road east of Jarrettsville Pike; and Cranberry Mall on Md. 140 in Westminster.

"Folks getting the ice should put it in the freezer sections of their refrigerators and food will be preserved for at least 24 hours," Ms. Mulloy said. The ice should not be placed in the cool section of a refrigerator, because freezing will probably occur.

Ms. Mulloy said customers with questions about the ice distribution should call 685-0123.

The storms downed power lines, uprooted trees, ripped off tree limbs and caused traffic lights to malfunction.

John A. Metzger, a BG&E spokesman, said electrical service was interrupted to 109,400 of the company's 1 million central Maryland customers during the storms, which began mid-afternoon yesterday.

BG&E employees worked through the night to restore most of the outages. However, some customers might not have power back until late today, Mr. Metzger said.

He said lightning was the main culprit in the outages, which were the highest number so far this year.

In the city, 29,600 customers lost power. Baltimore County had 24,700 outages; Howard County, 14,450; Carroll County, 11,900; Harford County, 11,500; and Anne Arundel County 15,200.

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