Strong winds cut power to 9,000 BGE customers

Arundel, Carroll, Baltimore counties suffer

October 29, 2006|By Nick Shields | Nick Shields,sun reporter

Strong wind gusts caused thousands of power outages in Central Maryland yesterday evening, with most occurring in Anne Arundel, Carroll and Baltimore counties, officials said

BGE officials reported slightly more than 9,000 customers without power as of 9:30 last night.

Rob Gould, a BGE spokesman, said most of the outages were because of the wind. He said the company had planned for possible outages and scattered about 200 workers to help restore power.

Roger Smith, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said a deep low-pressure system brought the strong winds.

He said wind gusts topped 45 mph in some areas of Anne Arundel County and at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. "We're seeing some trees come down not only because of winds themselves but because of saturated soils," Smith said.

He said areas received 1 to 2 inches of rain Friday night into yesterday morning, which "made it more likely for these trees to topple over."

In Harford County, the strong winds caused power outages to more than 400 households, officials said. "We are asking folks to exercise caution because you may see the trees down but may not know live wires may be down with it," said Susan Collins, a Harford County spokeswoman.

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