Thunderstorms cut power to 20,317 BGE customers


Thunderstorms that rumbled through central Maryland yesterday afternoon brought short, but intense rainfall and gusty winds that knocked down several trees in Monkton in northeastern Baltimore County.

A total of 20,317 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers lost power, the bulk of them, 8,900 in northern Anne Arundel County, a utility spokesman said. Among the others affected were 3,000 in Baltimore City; about 800 in the Monkton area; 680 in Carroll County; 580 in Harford County, and 80 in Howard County.

The spokesman said that as of 8 p.m., 14,298 were still without power. Most will have service restored tonight and the rest by early today.

The National Weather Service at Baltimore-Washington International Airport reported frequent lightning strikes and 23 mph winds. The accumulated rainfall was a half-inch, the weather service said.

A lightning strike on Television Hill in North Baltimore knocked three local television stations off the air. WMAR and WBAL were off the air for several seconds shortly before their 5 p.m. newscasts and WJZ's newscast was interrupted twice.

Baltimore County police reported that several large trees were knocked down by severe wind in Monkton, including a tree that fell on a house in the 16000 block of York Road. The intense rain caused flooding in several locations, including Bath and Front streets east of downtown and the 500 block of N. Lakewood Ave in East Baltimore.

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