3/4/2018 - Power Restored to 300k+. BGE Crews Still at Work -
Annapolis, MD (WNAV) -
According to Baltimore Gas and Electric, crews are continuing to restore electric service to customers affected by a powerful noreaster that began moving through central Maryland on Friday and continued to cause damage to trees and power equipment through the day on Saturday. More than 400,000 outages occurred due to high sustained winds and gusts exceeding 70 miles per hour.
Crews are working in around-the-clock shifts to restore service as safely and quickly as possible. The vast majority of customers are expected to be restored by Sunday night with final repairs to pockets of more heavily damaged areas continuing into mid-week. Specific restoration times will be available to customers through BGEs outage reporting channels as damage assessments are completed.
Crews from BGEs Exelon sister utility ComEd in Illinois were anticipated to arrive Saturday evening. Additional crews from utilities located outside the large geographic area impacted by this storm are expected to begin arriving tomorrow.
High winds have persisted throughout and have continued to down trees and limbs and limit the operation of bucket trucks used for overhead repairs. Additionally, damaged trees must be removed from power lines before repairs can be completed, extending the duration of power restorations.
BGE asks all customers, including those with smart meters, to report their outage. Outages may be reported online at BGE.com and via BGEs free mobile app available at the Apple Store or Google Play. Customers may also report outages and downed wires by calling 877-778-2222, on BGE.com and through mobile devices. To sign up for email and text notifications, visit BGE.com/alerts.
Customers with special needs, such as those who may be elderly, disabled or dependent on electricity for medical equipment, should have alternate arrangements in place should they experience an extended power outage.
BGE's restoration priorities are public safety and critical care facilities, such as 911 centers, hospitals and pumping stations. Then restoration is generally scheduled so that the greatest number of customers can be restored as quickly and as safely as possible. However, in cases of extended power outages, consideration is also given to customers who have been without service for the longest.