BGE responding to mass power outages across the region
6:24 AM, Feb 5, 2014
5:08 PM, Feb 5, 2014
A storm dropped sleet and freezing rain on Baltimore and the surrounding areas Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, leading to more than 82,000 power outages Wednesday morning.
BGE was still dealing with more than 71,000 power outages shortly at 5 p.m. Wednesday,
according to the utility's website. Baltimore County was the area hardest hit with more than 38,000 outages reported. Carroll County, meanwhile, had more than 23,000 outages and Harford County about 15,400 outages around 9:25 a.m. Wednesday.
"Ice is definitely more detrimental to our electric distribution equipment than snow," BGE spokeswoman Rachael Lighty told ABC2 News.
Crews had restored power to more than 74,000 customers by 5 p.m.
Lighty said the ice coats tree limbs, makes them heavy, and causes branches to break. Often these branches take power lines to the ground with them.
A layer of ice can also coat power lines and transformers themselves, causing further issues.
"The crews are actively involved in restoring service. They are prepared for this. They drill for this, and they've really been working in these conditions for the past couple months," Lighty said.
Lighty said more outages are possible as icy conditions persist. Crews are stationed throughout the BGE service area to better respond to outages as they happen, Lighty said.