On Monday, February 25, more than 15,000 people in Maryland went without power due to strong winds that pushed through the state. Some bridges were put under limited wind restrictions for safety reasons and institutions in some areas were closed because the wind knocked the power out.
By midday on Monday there was 15,878 customers that were powerless. By 9 p.m., that number had gone down to 4,390 customers.
#HapenningNow Strong wind gusts in BGE’s central Maryland service area have caused some damage to trees, which could cause power outages. 💨 Reminder to stay away from downed wires and to report at 877.778.222. pic.twitter.com/vNyUYzsr3K
— BGE (@MyBGE) February 25, 2019
Around noon, companies were reporting the most power outages across the state. The areas that had the most power outages were Baltimore City, Anne Arundle County, Baltimore County, Prince George County, Allegany County, and Garrett County.
The wind was so powerful that much of the state was under a high wind warning until 6 p.m., and there was potential for gusts to be up to 60 mph. Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Hartford County, and Carroll County all had some institution closures due to power outages caused by the wind.
Strong to damaging winds of 50 to 60 MPH are expected today. This will cause trees and branches to fall, bringing down power lines and resulting in power outages, especially given the wet ground and prolonged nature of the winds. The strongest winds are expected this morning. pic.twitter.com/3CYwVJLVZx
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) February 25, 2019
On Tuesday around 12:30 p.m., there were under 2,000 people without power. Most of the people still without power are in Allegany County. There are only nine reported outages in Carroll County. To keep updated on the matter, see this Maryland power outage map.
High winds ravaged all over the Northeast yesterday, and some states are still recovering. Pennsylvania still has 43,862 people out of power and, funnily enough, the county with the most outages is Allegheny County where over 18,000 customers are still without power.
The wind did let up overnight, and hopefully we won’t have to experience those high winds again! The rest of this week brings some sun, but on Friday we can expect a light morning snowfall, and on Saturday it will likely rain.