Even though the full force of the Hurricane Sandy mega storm won’t hit the northeast mid-Atlantic coast until the evening hours, power outages are already being reported up and down the coast.
As of this writing (6:40 p.m.) ¼ million electrical customers have lost power along the east coast. Estimates are calling for 10 million customers to be without power before Hurricane Sandy is all said and done.
Serving central Maryland, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) today announced that it is mobilized and positioned to restore electric service as safely and quickly possible; however, the utility expects the number of outages to increase significantly as the peak of the storm passes through central Maryland.
According to BGE, 13,138 customer power outages have already been reported in central Maryland alone. Even under the current stormy weather conditions, BGE has managed to restore service to 8,727 of those customers.
The severe weather brought to us courtesy of Hurricane Sandy, is bringing heavy rains, flooding and high, sustained wind of more than 40 miles per hour, with wind gusts of up to 60 – 100 miles per hour – not only to Maryland but to states up and down the east coast.
BGE is expecting extensive damage to their electric distribution system as whole trees and large tree limbs fall onto power lines and other equipment.
Customers are being warned to expect multiple and extended outages throughout the next several days, even after the storm has passed.
“BGE is committed to restoring service as safely and as quickly as possible but must first focus on public safety such as downed wires, as well as critical infrastructure including hospitals, 911 centers and water/sewage treatment centers,” said Jeannette M. Mills, vice president and chief customer officer for BGE. “
The most extensive power outages are expected from northern Virginia through eastern Ohio.
President Barack Obama even delivered a statement from the White House earlier today saying that “this is going to be a big storm, it’s going to be a difficult storm.”
“The great thing about America is when we go through tough times like this we all pull together.”
Once it’s all said and done, Hurricane Sandy is expected to have impacted sixty million U.S. residents.
For more on the super storm, see the video: Sandy at hurricane strength after brief downgrade.
Also see: Frankenstorm safety and preparation tips (Video)
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