Severe storm topples trees, triggers outages throughout greater Towson

Five homes in the greater Towson area were reportedly damaged — including one that had a tree literally cut its roof in half — during high winds and heavy rains that swept through Baltimore County on Friday afternoon and evening.

Downed trees, power outages and snarled traffic were the immediate results of the storm that rolled through the area, through its largest destructive force hit outside Baltimore County, in the Fallston area of Harford County, where a tornado was suspected to have touched down.

The entire region had been under a tornado warning for much of Friday evening. In Baltimore County, the wind gusts knocked trees over onto five homes in Towson and Lutherville, according to Baltimore County's Office of Emergency Management. There were no injuries reported.

The Baltimore Sun captured photos of one home on Cedar Avenue in West Towson where a tree was uprooted and fell into the home.

But by late Friday night and into early Saturday morning, emergency management officials were reporting no storm-related road closures remained.

Still, the impact in Baltimore County, and specifically Towson, was lingering.

On Saturday morning at 11:26 a.m., Baltimore Gas and Electric was reporting that Baltimore County was the jurisdiction with the most power outages remaining. The utility reported on its website that 3,165  users in Baltimore County remained without power — though it had already restored 9,162.

The highest concentration was in Towson and Lutherville.

"As part of our system wide restoration effort, we will be putting a heavy emphasis on the Fallston and Towson areas, which experienced significant damage," said Jeannette Mills, BGE chief customer officer, in a statement.

BGE reported that it had restored service to approximately 26,000 customers throughout its service area who lost power as a result of the severe thunderstorms.

"Approximately 700 BGE and contract employees are actively engaged in the restoration effort, and we will be working throughout the day and evening to restore power to our customers as safely and as quickly as possible," said Mills.

"BGE expects to have the vast majority of power restored to its customers by tonight, though some outages could extend into tomorrow in the most heavily damaged areas," the statement said.

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