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More storms could slow pace of power restoration

More storms could slow pace of power restoration

Lights flipped on and air conditioners started humming across the Baltimore region amid a storm cleanup of hurricane proportions Tuesday, but the rate of power restoration slowed as workers focused on isolated outages and faced the potential for more severe weather.

Many power outages are stretching into their fifth day, and Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. officials warned that rounds of thunderstorms Tuesday night and Wednesday could threaten plans to tackle the remaining 126,000 by the end of the weekend. A powerful storm known as a derecho knocked out power to 675,000 BGE customers Friday night.

Local leaders stressed that health concerns are mounting as a sustained heat...