For Immediate Release
BGE monitoring and preparing for additional severe weather in forecast for Thursday
BALTIMORE (June 22, 2016) – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) crews, with assistance from 20 two-person crews from its Exelon sister utility PECO in Philadelphia, continue to restore service to customers who lost power as a result of yesterday’s severe thunderstorms and a tornado that impacted parts of Howard County, Md. with winds speeds reaching 80 mph. The tornado traveled 13 miles and left a debris path 500 yards wide, knocking down numerous trees and wires. The storm system dumped significant rainfall throughout central Maryland, and included 60-mph wind gusts. As of 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, crews have made significant progress, restoring service to more than 49,000 customers or approximately 95 percent of customers who lost power during the storm. BGE expects full customer restoration later this evening. Restoration times may be slightly longer for small pockets of customers who sustained extensive damage.
As BGE continues to monitor the forecast for potential severe weather tomorrow, we would like to remind customers to report service interruptions or downed wires to BGE at 877.778.2222. BGE asks all customers, including those with smart meters, to report their outage. Outages may also be reported at bge.com and via text through mobile devices. Customers can find information on preparing for natural disasters and other emergency events at the storm center on BGE.com, as well as storm preparation information and restoration progress via BGE’s social media sites Twitter and Facebook. We thank our customers in advance for taking the time to prepare their homes and families.
Visit BGE’s power outage map at bge.com/outages for information on general locations of outages in BGE’s service area. Customers also can report or view the status of an electric outage through a mobile device at bge.com. Visit bge.com/alerts to choose how to receive information, via text, email or phone, including when power is out in your area, when service is expected to be restored, or when power is restored. Text “ADD OUTAGE” to MYBGE (69243) to enroll in our two-way texting program to report outages and check the status of an outage.
BGE, founded in 1816 as the nation’s first gas utility, is Maryland’s largest natural gas and electric utility. Headquartered in Baltimore, BGE delivers power to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,200 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.