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Final power outages from storms fixed overnight

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said the last lingering power outages from Wednesday's ice storm and Thursday's winds were repaired overnight.

BGE had anticipated that the final several thousand of the 182,000 outages would be fixed by Friday, but the utility said Sunday that some downed lines and other damage affecting small numbers of customers proved difficult to repair.

"Our crews were encountering much more damage than expected in some of those cases," said Rachael Lighty, a BGE spokeswoman.

Because it was a major storm with a large number of outages, BGE will need to file a report about the effort with Maryland regulators.

Most of the affected customers lost power on Wednesday, but about 10,000 people saw their electricity knocked out on Thursday as high winds — and trees cracking under the weight of heavy ice — caused additional damage.

About 1,100 BGE contractors and employees worked on the restoration, Lighty said. The number of out-of-state workers brought in to help rose to just over 600 by Friday, she said.

BGE's outage map showed about 280 outages mid-Sunday, but those were new, not related to the storm, Lighty said.

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