Over 100,000 homes are without power after a massive storm with 60+ mph winds ripped through the Baltimore area. Hail the size of quarters and a 20 degree drop in temperature accompanied lightning which blew the power grid in Baltimore, Carroll, and Harford counties. The city was not as affected as its neighboring suburbs.
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The power outage affected traffic lights, which poses a danger for drivers approaching intersections. Many roads were rendered impassible, littered with debris and downed power lines. 911 received an influx of calls as well, adding chaos to the event.
Governor Larry Hogan pleaded with residents to not travel during the storm. “Please stay off the roads in affected areas as crews work to clear trees and debris, and deal with downed power lines,” he said. “Thank you to all the crews and first responders, and emergency management officials.”
One house caught on fire after possibly being hit by lightning.
A spokesperson for Baltimore Gas and Electric, Ann Mooney, issued the following statement:
“BGE has experienced significant system damage from the severe storm that impacted our service territory late this afternoon. Our crews are working to safely to restore power as soon as possible as we continue to assess the damage. In addition to our employees and contractors, crews from other utilities will be assisting with power restoration beginning tomorrow. morning. This will be a multi-day event, and we appreciate your patience.”
CBS reports that the Storm Prediction Center placed Maryland under an Enhanced Risk warning on the severe threat scale, which is rare.
Damage is likely to have been caused by high winds but the NOAA has not yet ruled out if there were any tornadoes. The NOAA is assessing the situation and expected to give an official report in the near future.