High-speed wind damages homes throughout Maryland, causes 15K outages

Maryland under overight wind advisory

High-speed wind caused considerable damage to homes throughout Maryland Wednesday night. 

Unrelenting wind also caused more than 15,000 power outages, according to BGE spokeswoman Rachael Lighty.

The utility’s outages map at 9:30 p.m. reflected nearly 15,500 affected customers. Lighty said Baltimore County, specifically the Reisterstown area was the hardest hit. 

Lighty said BGE deployed more crews in advance of the wind advisory that remains in effect throughout much of Maryland until Thursday at 11 a.m.

The highest wind gusts recorded Wednesday blew through Flint, Md. in Frederick County, reaching 66 m.p.h.

In Harford County, the brutish wind toppled a tree into a home in Bel Air. Officials said that the family that lived in the unit block of West Riding Drive managed to get out in time. And firefighters in Baltimore are looking into the possibility that wind was factoring in bringing down a Locust Point row home (pictured). 

More than 70 percent of ABC2 News observation sites saw gusts about 50 m.p.h. 

The Maryland Transportation Authority issued a Wind Restriction II, preventing all commercial trucks from crossing the Bay Bridge Wednesday night. 

The restriction is put in place when sustained wind gusts exceed 50 m.p.h. 

"Only automobiles, pickup trucks, flatbed trailers, commercial buses and heavy-laden tractor/trailers are permitted to cross the bridge," according to a release from MdTA. "Tractor-box trailer combinations will not be permitted to cross any bridge if the gross weight is less than 64,000 pounds."

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