33,000 lose power as storm races through Central Md.

All service expected to be restored by today

May 03, 2004|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A brief but powerful storm packing wind gusts of nearly 60 mph, lightning and torrents of rain crossed Central Maryland last night, knocking out power to more than 33,000 customers of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.

Winds knocked down several trees in Reisterstown, including a neighborhood near the Chartley Shopping Center where at least one house was damaged and some streets were blocked by trees and fallen limbs. The roof was blown off a building on Main Street in Reisterstown, a Baltimore County Fire Department spokesman said.

On Providence Road north of Towson and in Parkville, several trees came down, blocking streets and knocking out power.

The storm hit the city shortly before 10 p.m., with the rain seeming nearly horizontal in the powerful winds. City Fire Department spokesman Kevin Cartwright said there were reports of utility poles falling on parked cars and buildings but no injuries.

Several small trees were toppled on Calvert Street in the city's Mount Vernon area, but property damage appeared slight there.

The storm was spawned by a cold front that collided with warm air, setting off the disturbance that was moving from the southwest and headed toward eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware, said Calvin Meadows, a meteorological technician for the National Weather Service at Sterling, Va.

BGE spokesman Brian Duvall said the outages included about 15,000 customers in Baltimore County, 9,000 in the city, 5,000 in Howard County, 3,000 in Harford and 1,000 in Carroll County, with other outages scattered across the utility's 1.1 million customers.

All power was expected to be restored by today, he said.

"The storm moved quickly from the southwest to the northeast and was a typical spring storm," Meadows said.

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