Crews restore most of power lost in storm

July 07, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Utility crews worked through the day yesterday to restore electricity to thousands of customers who lost power after a storm swept through the metropolitan area Monday night, knocking down utility poles and felling trees.

About 2,340 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers - mostly in northern Baltimore County - remained without electricity late yesterday afternoon, although a BGE spokesman said the company expected to have all damage repaired by late last night.

Explaining that reports of power outages continued to pour in throughout the day, spokesman Tom Poe said, "We're knocking some problems out, but they're still coming in. That's why the numbers don't seem to be moving."

He said wind damage, including broken utility poles and downed trees, slowed repair.

Of the remaining outages, more than 1,500 were in Baltimore County. About 550 customers in Carroll County and 200 in Baltimore also were without power. About 21,000 customers were without power at one point Monday night.

The brief but torrential thunderstorms rumbled through the Baltimore area about 7 p.m. Dozens of fallen trees and utility poles, particularly in the Jacksonville and Long Green areas of Baltimore County, forced several road closures.

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