Power outages reported Wednesday afternoon in Bel Air South area

Power was out to about 2,000 homes and businesses in the Bel Air South area east of Route 24 and along Wheel Road on Wednesday afternoon, according to Harford County emergency officials and BGE.

Just before 3 p.m., the Harford County Department of Emergency Services said in a media release that it had received reports of a power outage at the Festival of Bel Air Shopping Center between Routes 24 and 924 and Bel Air South Parkway and Wheel Road.

Robert Thomas, spokesman for DES, said emergency officials began receiving calls around 2:20 p.m. Wednesday to report that the traffic lights were out. Calls came in later to report that power was out in the shops in the Festival shopping center.

The power outage initially affected the traffic lights at the intersections of Route 24 and Wheel Road and Route 24 and Bel Air South Parkway; however, Maryland State Police at the Bel Air Barrack said the lights have since been put back in service.

Cpl. J.D. Griffin of the State Police Barrack in Bel Air said service was restored to the lights around 3 p.m.

He said no accidents had been reported as a result of the traffic light being out.

The cause of the power outage has not been determined.

At 3:25 p.m., BGE's online outage map showed more than 1,800 mostly residential customers were without power south of Wheel Road and east of Route 924. Crews were in the area and estimated power restoration times varied between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., according to the map.

Rachael Lighty, spokeswoman for BGE, said about 2,000 customers in the area had been affected, and crews were investigating the cause of the outage.

She expected power to be restored around 5 p.m.

Motorists were being urged to use caution when driving through the areas where traffic control signals are not working.

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