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Utilities preparing for more outages across Carroll County

A fine line divides poor weather and treacherous conditions for utility workers who plan to make repairs through the storm.

Rachael Lighty, a spokeswoman for BGE, said depending on what the conditions are like, workers will attempt to make repairs while snow is falling to restore service. Coupled with high wind gusts, heavy, wet snow can cover tree limbs, electric delivery equipment and power lines and cause power outages, according to BGE.

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But until those conditions are determined, it's unclear what restoration efforts can be completed and how quickly during an active snowstorm.

Travel times can be delayed depending on the road conditions, Lighty said, and for many of the workers, treacherous conditions aren't limited to just the roads.

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"They're not just driving through icy snowy conditions. They're walking through a field or backyards," she said.

If winds are higher than 25 miles per hour, workers are unable to get into the buckets to get to the top of the electric poles.

In that case, workers may just have to hunker down and wait it out, she said.

BGE began preparations for the storm earlier in the week and have already called in out-of-state mutual assistance crews. A staging site has also been set-up at TownMall of Westminster.

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BGE customers can report both outages and downed lines at 877-778-2222. Customers may also report power outages from mobile phones and devices at

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Potomac Edison customers can call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) to report their outage or click the "Report Outage" link on

. In addition, customers can use FirstEnergy's text messaging service to report outages and receive updates on reported outages. Text REG to 544487 (LIGHTS) to get started.

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