More than 72,000 BGE customers lose power across Annapolis and Anne Arundel County; nearly all service restored overnight

More than 72,000 Baltimore Gas and Electric customers in Anne Arundel County lost power Thursday following an equipment failure, according to a statement from the company.

In an update around 10:30 p.m., BGE announced nearly all power was restored and the last remaining customers would get service back overnight.


The outage began around 3:15 p.m., the power company said, and caused tens of thousands of customers to lose electric service. BGE spokesperson Nick Alexopulos said service personnel were “fully mobilized” to restore service.

Residents in Annapolis, Cape St. Claire, Arnold, Sherwood Forest, Crownsville and Millersville were affected by outages, according to the power company’s publicly-available outage tracker. In total, BGE serves 261,274 county residents — more than 16% of which experienced issues Thursday afternoon.


Annapolis spokesperson Mitchelle Stephenson confirmed both City Hall and the Annapolis Police Department were without power — each operating, in part, with generators — and officers were surveying the roads to determine the magnitude of the “extensive” outage. As of 4 p.m., Annapolis police spokesperson Bernie Bennett confirmed traffic light outages from downtown Annapolis to Riva, and officers are still determining what areas are affected.

Power at intersections along the Forest Drive corridor was restored around 5 p.m., specifically at Chinquapin Round Road, South Cherry Grove Avenue and Spa Road.

“Our best information is that a power disruption at the Cedar Park substation has impacted the Annapolis peninsula and surrounding communities,” the city wrote in a statement. “BGE is actively working on restoration efforts as safely and quickly as possible.”

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Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center experienced a “brief power interruption” before returning to regular operations, Justin McLeod, a spokesperson for the hospital said.

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In the meantime, Stephenson asked drivers to “use caution and be patient,” recommending they treat every traffic light intersection as if it were a four-way intersection with stop signs.

Stephenson said all outages should be reported to BGE officials.

An Anne Arundel Police spokesperson said they were unaware of any road closures in the county. Kasey Thomas, a spokesperson with the Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management said they are working with BGE to investigate the issue, adding BGE will be sending a message to its affected customers shortly.

Fire and EMS dispatchers rerouted emergency vehicles heading to other emergencies, citing the “overflow of calls related to the power outage in Annapolis.”


During the outage, if needed, Annapolis Police are asking that citizens call 9-1-1 for emergencies and 410-268-4141 for non-emergency issues.