Some without power because of high winds

7,000 outages in metro area

gusts reach about 50 mph

February 19, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. spokesman Rob Gould reported that several thousand customers in the Baltimore metropolitan area were without power due to the high winds raking the area Saturday morning.

By Saturday afternoon, BGE's website reported nearly 7,700 customers without power, but those numbers began decreasing Saturday evening.

BGE had opened its storm center in Woodlawn to deal with any outages or emergencies associated with the powerful winds, which were expected to continue buffeting the area throughout the day and evening.

Gusts had reached 48 mph at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Saturday morning. The highest reported was in Flint, Frederick County, which had gusts of 58 mph.

Gold said some 750 linemen and tree crews were on alert.

"The obvious challenge is sending up crews in buckets when the winds are 30 mph or 40 mph," Gould said. "It can make the work very challenging."

Gould said that those experiencing power outages should call 1-877-778-2222.

"Customers should not automatically assume that we know about an outage," he said.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

Baltimore Sun reporter Frank D. Roylance contributed to this article.

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