Winter chill arrives on gale force winds

January 14, 2000|By Rafael Alvarez | Rafael Alvarez,SUN STAFF

A cold front moved into the Central Maryland area yesterday with winds gusting just above gale force at 41 mph, causing shingles and siding to blow off homes and causing power outages to more than 25,000 customers. A fifth of those were in Baltimore, according to Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.

A BGE spokeswoman said that by 8 p.m. last night, the outages -- reported most heavily in Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties -- were down to about 4,000, with work to return full service continuing.

The cold front blew in from Illinois between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., the National Weather Service said.Temperatures dropped from 57 degrees at 2 p.m. to 36 degrees at 6 p.m.

Last night's low was expected to be 21 degrees with a high today of 35 degrees.

Christopher A. Strong, a weather service meteorologist, said the weather will remain brisk and sunny throughout the weekend with another cold front expected Monday.

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