BGE crews have already restored power to more than 100,000 people and are continuing efforts to get others affected by outages out of the dark.
"This storm had elements to it that aren't your typical hurricane and aren't your typical nor'easter. It's both added together," said Steve Woerner, BGE's chief operating officer."Being the first day of significant restoration, I think things are going pretty well."
Unlike the derecho storm this summer they were in a position to pre-mobilize. Wind speeds are down, so workers can now be aloft, Woerner said.
More than 4,500 field and support forces are engaged in the ongoing restoration effort.
Nearly 1,900 out-of-state and contract linemen have arrived or are en route from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. BGE’s sister utility, ComEd, an Exelon company based in Chicago, is also providing support to the company’s restoration efforts.
Large remote staging areas – BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, M&T Bank Stadium, Timonium Fairgrounds and Ripken Stadium – are set up across the service area to provide a base for extra crews and vehicles.
Due to the widespread outages and damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, BGE will not be able to provide individual estimated restoration times like it does with normal storms.
Customers should visit BGE’s online Storm Center for important information on how to stay safe before, during and after a storm.
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