Strong winds are whipping the Baltimore-Washington region, knocking down trees and power lines and causing trouble for area commuters.
Area utilities are reporting about 140,000 customers without power Friday afternoon as wind gusts as high as 56 miles per hour sweep the region. According to Baltimore Gas and Electric’s website, there are more than 57,000 people without power out of their total 1.26 million customers in Maryland, as of Friday afternoon.
In Washington, fire department spokesman Pete Piringer says the roof of a three-story apartment building was damaged and roofing materials also blew off a church. A pole fell on Metro tracks near the New York Avenue station is delaying traffic on the red line.
The Maryland Transit Administration says winds knocked down wires on Baltimore’s light rail halting service between North Avenue and Lutherville. Signal problems between Union Station and Rockville are delaying service on MARC’s Brunswick line.