Thunderstorms cut power to more than 5,700 in Carroll

September 12, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

Two violent thunderstorms bearing heavy rains and high winds hit the central portion of Carroll County Thursday night and Friday morning, cutting power to 5,400 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers.

Between 300 and 400 Potomac Edison Co. customers lost power when a storm cell moved from Frederick into Carroll County, said Jerry Kremer, a company spokesman.

"The area from Keymar to New Windsor was hit as hard as any in our service areas," Mr. Kremer said. "Between 90 and 95 percent of our customers had their service restored by 2 a.m. [Friday], and all service was back by 8 a.m."

Karl Neddenien, a spokesman for BG&E, said all but 803 of its customers had service restored by 8:15 a.m.

Mr. Neddenien said the first storm hit Carroll County about 9 p.m., with a second burst around 2 a.m.

Firefighters in Carroll answered 17 calls between 8:55 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. Six of the calls were for homes struck by lightning. No major fires resulted, fire officials said.

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