Three storms leave 17,000 area homes and businesses without electricity


Storms that struck the Baltimore metropolitan area yesterday and late Sunday left about 17,000 homes and businesses without electricity, said a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. spokeswoman.

The storms brought brief but heavy rains and spectacular lightning displays throughout the city and most of Harford and Baltimore counties.

Brenda L. Pettigrew, a BGE spokeswoman, said the first storm, which struck about 10 p.m. Sunday, and another that hit about 4:30 a.m. yesterday, caused outages for at least 8,500 customers. She said service had been restored to most of them by the time a third storm struck about 4 p.m. yesterday and left nearly 9,000 customers - most of them in Baltimore County - without power.

The third storm, Pettigrew said, caused more than 2,300 customers in Harford County and more than 1,000 in Baltimore City to lose power.

Pettigrew said that by 11 p.m. last night fewer than 1,300 customers affected by the third storm were still without power.

Most of the outages were caused when lightning struck transformers, Pettigrew said.

John F. Newkirk, program manager for the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va., said more storms are forecast for the area until Thursday.

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