#childsafety | Isaias Knocks Power Out Across Anne Arundel County: Latest Update

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MD — Even though Tropical Storm Isaias left the area, it left widespread power outages in its wake. Anne Arundel County has the most outages in the state, with 11,553 of 5:45 p.m. Five percent of county’s homes are currently without power. Nearly 79,000 Maryland residences have lost power.

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company says it has restored power to 19,000 people as of 1 p.m. Partnering with parent company affiliates and local contractors, BGE has 2,000 employees working to address outages, modernize infrastructure and trim trees around power lines.

BGE says its top priorities are critical facilities like 911 call centers, hospitals and pumping stations. After that, the company will focus on bringing power back to the most number of people as quickly as possible. BGE will also consider those who have been without power the longest in their recovery plans.

The electric company says its crews will follow social distancing regulations while working and resting. BGE asks customers to maintain a safe distance from their workers.

BGE reminds its customers to follow these safety tips:

  • Always stay away from any storm damaged electrical equipment, especially downed power lines and tree limbs that may come into contact with power lines.
  • Check on elderly neighbors and relatives.
  • Don’t connect your generator directly to your home’s wiring. Never use a generator indoors or in an attached garage. Read and adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions for safe operation.

To report an outage or downed wire, customers should call 1-877-778-2222. Residence can track or report their outages through the company’s mobile app or website at bge.com. BGE’s interactive map also provides information about outages and estimates how quickly power may be restored.

“We appreciate our customers’ patience and the efforts of our employees who are working as quickly as is safely possible to restore service under very challenging conditions,” Carim Khouzami, chief executive officer of BGE said in a press release.

Marylanders can track the state’s power outages at this link.

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