BGE crews restore most of power lost in storm


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 theyre 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 power lines.

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

John Christensen, a landscaper and musician who lives in Glen Arm, spent the day cleaning up his yard, fishing tree limbs out of his pool and telephoning insurance agents about the tree that punched three holes in his roof.

Christensen said he was preparing to barbecue Monday night when "everything got dark and a whole chunk of tree just flew over the roof." That tree hit another, toppling it. "It looks like an explosion went off in front of the house," he said.

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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