Maryland weather: Heavy winds cause power outages, road closures

Windy weather is downing trees and power lines, causing outages and road closures Tuesday afternoon throughout Central Maryland.

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for most of Central Maryland until 2 a.m. Wednesday as wind speeds of around 28 mph and gusts as high as 47 mph strike the area.


Over 100 outages throughout the Baltimore region were affecting 2,059 BGE customers at around 7:30 p.m., according to the utility company’s outage map.

The heaviest concentration of power outages are in Baltimore County, where 1,267 customers were still affected.


Lanes on US-29 and I-70 in Howard County have reopened following rush hour closures due to fallen debris, according to the State Highway Administration.

Both the Bay Bridge and Francis Scott Key Bridge are under limited restrictions, meaning no house trailers or empty box trailers are allowed to travel through, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority.

The Baltimore County Fire Department tweeted Tuesday afternoon that crews are responding to multiple brush fires throughout the county, advising residents to use “extreme caution” around trees and power lines.

West Street in Annapolis was closed for about two hours during rush hour after windy conditions downed a power line, causing a fire, the city’s police department said in a news release. The section of West Street near Gibralter Avenue re-opened at about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Annapolis Police said.

The high wind speeds are expected to scale back only slightly Wednesday, when the weather service forecasts breezy weather ranging from surface winds of 21 to 24 mph and gusts up to 40 mph. The windy weather, caused by a powerful Nor’easter bringing snow showers to states further north, is expected to cease by Thursday.