High winds cut power for thousands in Baltimore, surrounding counties

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Baltimore Gas and Electric has restored power to households across the city after blustery weather left more than 4,000 Baltimoreans without power this morning.

This map from Baltimore Gas and Electric indicated outages were affecting about 4,300 of the utility’s customers in the city as of 10:30 a.m., though that number had fallen to 900 by 2 p.m. today. Outages were most prevalent in Northeast and West Baltimore, caused by downed trees and limbs, equipment failures and other factors.

But BGE crews are on it, and the utility says it’s restored power to nearly more than 11,200 Baltimore City customers since yesterday when the heavy winds began.

“We have crews on the scene, and we are dedicated to restoring service for our customers as safely and quickly as possible,” a company spokeswoman said via email. “BGE personnel will work around-the-clock until every last customer is restored.”

Large swaths of Maryland are enduring wind gusts of up to 60 mph through this evening, according to a warning posted by the National Weather Service. The morning were the gustiest part of the day, NWS said.

Beyond loss of electricity, the have wreaked havoc in some neighborhoods and on roads, including in Dorchester in Northwest Baltimore, where a car appears to have been crushed by a fallen tree at Cold Spring Lane and Granada Avenue.

As of 2 p.m., BGE has also recorded about 2,900 outages in Baltimore County, 280 in Howard County–down drastically from a tally of more than 3,300 earlier this morning–and a little over 400 in Anne Arundel County.

The company is updating its map with estimates for when power should come back online for specific areas. Click here to check, and here to report an outage near you. Those looking to report an outage can also call 877-778-2222, text the word OUT to MYBGE (69243) or use the company’s mobile app.

This story has been updated.

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