BGE concerned about power outages following storm

The combination of Sunday's icy conditions compounded by Tuesday's heavy snowstorm has Baltimore Gas and Electric concerned about potential outages over the course of the day.

As of 10:40 a.m., BGE reported 1,158 outages across its service area, including 526 in Howard County and 375 in Baltimore County. This comes after the utility restored power to 11,000 customers on Monday.

"In many places throughout our service area, the temperatures did not rise enough to melt the ice [from Sunday's storm] off the tree limbs so now they're coated with that ice and today's snow," BGE spokeswoman Rachael Lighty said.

"We may see outages fluctuate throughout the day. However we do want to advise customers that we have an increased number of crews out in the field and we are responding to your outages as quickly and safely as possible."

Lighty said BGE has had more than 1,100 workers on hand to deal with preparation and restoration work as early as Saturday.

"We are working closely with our local government and elected officials along with first responders to address any safety issues," Lighty said.

"We want to stress to customers the importance of calling us if you are experiencing a power outage and especially if you see a downed power line or traffic light that isn't working so we can come out, get your power restored and address those safety issues."

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