BALTIMORE - Ice-coated limbs and trees are mainly to blame for approximately 11,000 outages as of 11 a.m. Monday across Baltimore Gas and Electric's coverage area.
According to BGE, as of 10 a.m. the utility had restored service to more than 11,000 customers since the storm began Sunday. The company reminds customers to report power outages and downed wires to BGE at 877.778.2222 or via bge.com, where customers are also able to track current power outage conditions.
BGE officials said more than 950 employees and field personnel continue Monday to work to restore service to customers who lost power as a result of Sunday's snow and freezing rain.
More than 23,000 customers were without power as of 10:30 a.m. Monday in Maryland as winter weather moved through the region.
BGE reports the majority of its outages are in Baltimore County, where about 4,100 customers were without power Monday morning. Another 2,900 BGE customers were without power in Harford County and 2,400 in Howard County. The utility company says most outages were caused by weakened trees and tree limbs that were coated with ice and fell onto power lines and other equipment.
Pepco says approximately 6,800 of its customers are without power in Prince George's County and 3,600 in Montgomery County.
When dealing with power restoration efforts, BGE said its priorities are to first focus on public safety, followed by critical infrastructure, including hospitals and 911 centers. Once that is completed, the utility develops a plan to help restore power to the greatest number of customers at one time.