Heavy rain expected to fall overnight Wednesday, along with warnings of high winds and lightning, has utilities in the region bracing for widespread power outages.
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said they are expecting several thousand outages, likely caused by downed power lines from fallen tree limbs. BGE’s Rob Gould says the utility is identifying crews that would be needed to work during the storm, and is also reaching out to crews outside the area that might be needed.
“BGE is monitoring the approaching weather system and has placed key field and support personnel on stand-by should they be needed to respond to weather-related power outages [Wednesday night] and into [Thursday],” said A. Christopher Burton, a senior vice president at BGE, in a press release.
In the Washington area, Pepco spokesman Andre Francis says the power company is looking at how many crews might be needed to help with outages.
The National Weather Service is also warning of the possibility of flash and coastal flooding in the area, which will remain in effect until Thursday morning. They estimate between two and five inches of rain, which, when combined with the already saturated ground, could cause localized flooding.
When Tropical Storm Isabel hit Baltimore and the region in the fall of 2003, some waterfront neighborhoods in the city, such as the Inner Harbor and Fells Point, were flooded with as much as eight feet of water.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.