High winds knocked out power to 6,000 overnight

About 6,000 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers lost power overnight as high winds pummeled the region, but their lights were back on by 6:30 a.m. Sunday, the utility said.

"The high winds brought down power lines — and brought tree limbs down onto some power lines," said a spokeswoman for BGE, Rachael L. Lighty.

BGE had warned consumers that outages were likely, with winds up to 48 miles per hour and snow flurries in the forecast.

Mostly sunny skies were predicted for the Baltimore region on Sunday, and the daytime high was expected to reach 34, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service issued a wind advisory Saturday evening for nearly all of Maryland, except Garrett County. Winds were expected to continue blowing throughout the day and into the evening Sunday, with gusts up to 40 miles per hour, according to the weather service.

Conditions, however, were expected to improve during the work week, with high temperatures climbing from the low 40s on Monday to the low 50s on Thursday, when there is a 30 percent chance of precipitation.

Customers can report outages at 877-778-2222 and downed lines at 410-685-0123.


Baltimore Sun reporter Jamie Smith Hopkins contributed to this article.

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