High winds buffet power lines, cutting service for thousands

March 14, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Gusting winds measured at 80 mph interrupted service to about 14,000 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers in the Baltimore area last night, a utility spokesman said.

In Baltimore, the Fire Department responded to numerous reports of fallen power lines and arcing, but no serious incidents were reported.

Steve Unglesbee, the BGE spokesman, said the unusually high winds were recorded from 10:05 p.m. to 10:10 p.m. at the company's electrical operations building on Windsor Mill Road in Woodlawn. He said the winds caused trees and tree limbs to fall on power lines, knocking out service to homes and businesses in Westminster, Ellicott City, Glen Burnie, Cockeysville and Bel Air.

Unglesbee said at least 20 extra repair crews were dispatched to augment those on normal duty. He was unable to say late last night when service would be restored to all customers.

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