Monday, July 2, 2012
In some cases, power won’t come back until the weekend, BGE officials said.
This story was updated at 10:30 a.m. Monday About 20,000 people remain without power in Howard County, amid warnings from BGE that power restoration efforts for some could extend into this weekend. BGE officials likened the damage from Friday night’s storm to that of a hurricane or tropical storm, and said nearly 900 out-of-state utility workers are involved in restoration efforts. Meanwhile, highs are expected to reach 91 degrees Monday in Howard County. BGE has restored power to 34,547 Howard County customers since Friday’s storm, the company reported as of Sunday night. Cooling centers are open Monday at all county libraries, as well as the Gary J. Arthur Community Center (2400 Rt. 97,) the North Laurel Community Center and any county …
Sunday, July 1, 2012
A storm has knocked power out for thousands across Howard County and Maryland.
All activities, both school and community-sponsored, will be cancelled Monday at 18 schools in Howard County that are closed due to power outages from a powerful storm that ripped through the area Friday night. This includes any high school athletic practices or games, according to the Howard County public schools website. The following schools are closed Monday: Elementary: Fulton Hammond Longfellow Northfield Triadelphia Ridge Waverly Worthington Middle: Dunloggin Hammond Lime Kiln Patuxent Valley Wilde Lake High: Glenelg Hammond Howard Reservoir Wilde Lake Special: Cedar Lane
Local agencies assist while BGE deploys out-of-state crews to help repair June 29 storm damage.
The National Weather Service reports that Howard County’s afternoon heat index is 100 degrees Sunday. That could be problematic for the more than 27,000 Howard County residents BGE said are still lacking power after Friday's storm. Outages are scattered across portions of the county, said Nancy Lewin, a spokesperson in the Howard County Emergency Operations Center, which is coordinating storm response efforts. Historic Ellicott City remains without power, she said. At this point, Howard County officials' biggest concern is clearing area roads, she said. "Making sure the roads are safe—that’s the top prioritity," she said. A total of 13 roads are closed county-wide as of noon, she said; they are listed on the Howard County Government …