Late night storm causes 54,000 to lose power

June 01, 1998|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A storm accompanied by high winds and heavy rain downed trees and caused power outages in the metropolitan area early today.

The storm, which moved in from Western Maryland, struck sections of Baltimore City and Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Anne Arundel counties and caused 54,000 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers to lose power.

Darcel Guy, a BGE spokeswoman, said the power outages occurred shortly after midnight, but she was unable to say when service was expected to be restored.

"Our work crews will be working all day to restore power," Guy said.

She said the areas hardest hit were Northwest and Northeast Baltimore, Southwest Baltimore along the Edmondson Avenue corridor, the Cockeysville section of Baltimore County and most of Howard County.

Guy said high winds blew trees and limbs onto overhead utility wires, feeder lines and transformers, causing the outages. "We've got our work cut out for us all day today," she said.

Baltimore City police reported that a large tree fell on an unoccupied van in the 400 block of Cornwall St. in East Baltimore, heavily damaging the vehicle, and trees were reported down in the 4700 block of Vancouver Road in Southwest Baltimore.

Baltimore County police reported downed trees in Randallstown, Cockeysville and Towson.

State police in Harford County reported that the storm "blew in and blew out," in the words of a duty sergeant at the Bel Air barracks, downing trees.

In Carroll County, state police in Westminster said there were downed trees "all over the place."

Anne Arundel County police reported heavy rains and power outages.

A county police dispatcher said power at the headquarters building in Millersville was disrupted for several minutes around 1: 15 a.m. and that auxiliary power was used before service was restored.

Pub Date: 6/01/98

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