About 3,500 Baltimore Gas and Electric customers are without power Monday morning after an Arctic cold front blasted the Baltimore area Friday.
Power outages are scattered throughout Baltimore City and the surrounding counties, according to BGE. The number of people still affected is a fraction compared with late Friday evening, which saw tens of thousands of customers without power.
PJM Interconnection, the electric grid operator BGE belongs to, has advised customers to conserve electricity because the grid and power plants are being strained by the cold. Customers are advised to reduce their electricity use between 4 a.m. and 10 a.m. by setting thermostats lower than usual, postponing using of major electric appliances such as stoves, dishwashers and clothes dryers, and turning off nonessential electric lights, equipment and appliances.
Here’s the number of customers affected by county, as of Monday morning:
- Anne Arundel County: 196
- Baltimore City: 224
- Baltimore County: 2,811
- Howard County: 84
- Harford County: 103
- Carroll County: 59
For each county, the number of customers experiencing outages represents a fraction, less than 5%, of the total number of customers served by the company, according to its website.
Baltimore has opened five warming centers to help people with power outages following the cold front.
Daytime warming centers, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.:
- Middle Branch Fitness and Wellness Center
- Cahill Fitness and Wellness Center
- Rita Church Recreation Center
- Herring Run Recreation Center
The evening warming center is open from 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. at Lockerman Bundy Elementary School.
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Baltimore County has two freezing weather shelters open through Dec. 29. The two shelters, open 24 hours, are at the Eastern Family Resource Center in Rosedale and the Woodlawn Community Health Center.
Wind speeds of up to 50 mph and gusts as high as 40 mph hit the Baltimore area Friday. The wind toppled trash bins and sent debris flying through neighborhoods.
As strong winds gusted through Baltimore City on Friday afternoon, a tree in the neighborhood of Charles Village came crashing down, blocking 32nd Street near the Johns Hopkins University. The hood of a white SUV crumpled underneath the weight of the tree, which damaged multiple cars and broke windows of an apartment building across the street.
Unseasonably cold temperatures were brought by the cold front as a warmer rainstorm moved out, according to the National Weather Service.