A lightning storm brought wind gusts of more than 60 mph, knocking out power to 61,527 homes in the Baltimore area late yesterday afternoon, utility officials said.
Hardest hit was Anne Arundel County, with 25,500 outages, said Peggy Mulloy, a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. spokeswoman.
"Most of the outages were in Carroll and Baltimore County, then all of a sudden, boom, it hit in the southern end," Ms. Mulloy said. "The second blast came as a surprise."
The storm hit Carroll County about 4:45 p.m. It ripped through Anne Arundel about 8 p.m.
In Baltimore County, 19,747 homes lost power; in Howard County, 6,083; Baltimore City, 5,962; Carroll County, 3,352; and Harford County, 787.
Ms. Mulloy said power was restored to about 14,000 homes by 8:30 p.m. Most of the other homes would have service restored by this morning, she said.
Potomac Edison Power Co. officials reported that between 300 and 400 customers lost power in Frederick County.
The National Weather Service measured 1.23 inches of rain outside its office at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.