Brief storm cuts power to 18,000 in area


Driven by strong winds, a brief storm struck the Baltimore metropolitan area around dinner time yesterday and left more than 18,000 homes and businesses without power, several downed trees and malfunctioning traffic signals, said a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. spokesman.

Service was expected to be restored by rush hour today, said BGE spokesman Karl Neddenien.

On the average, .18 inches of rain fell during the storm, doing little to reverse a long dry spell, said a spokesman for the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va. Wind gusts between 30 and 40 mph were reported during the storm.

Neddenien said that by 9: 30 p.m. service had been restored to 10,422 of the 18,346 customers affected by the storm.

BG&E serves 1.2 million customers in the Baltimore area.

Neddenien said crews were dispatched during the storm and that most of the outages were caused by tree limbs striking electrical wires.

Chris Strong, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said the storm blew in from the east and did not remain longer than 30 minutes in any given area.

Behind the storm, Strong said, is cooler air which will bring temperatures in the 70s to the area today and most of the week.

Pub Date: 6/15/99

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