Tornado watch issued for Baltimore area

13,000 customers without electricity; four city schools closed due to outages

December 01, 2010|By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun

A tornado watch remains for Harford County after a morning of wet and windy weather in the Baltimore area, according to the National Weather Service.

The tornado watch is in effect until 11:30 a.m. for Harford County. A severe thunderstorm watch was in effect for Baltimore, Howard, eastern Carroll and northern Anne Arundel counties, as well as the city of Baltimore until 10:15 a.m.

Residents should stay tuned to local weather reports and be prepared to take shelter in case of warnings of tornados or severe thunderstorms, Lee said.

Heavy rain has been reported throughout the Baltimore region, and wind gusts up to 18 miles per hour were recorded at BWI Marshall Airport as of 8 a.m. Wednesday. About 9,500 BGE customers in Maryland had no service as of 11:06 a.m., mostly in Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties, according to BGE's website. More than 19,000 had been restored since the storm began.

Four Baltimore schools were closed due to power outages: Forest Park, New Era Academy, Southside Academy, and Carter G. Woodson Elementary. Staff were permitted to use liberal leave and take a personal or vacation day, according to the school system.

Woodbridge Elementary School was also closed due to a power outage, according to the Baltimore County school system.

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