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More than 6,000 Md. power outages due to storm

HAGERSTOWN — Utility companies say they’re working to restore electricity to more than 6,000 customers in central and western Maryland affected by a winter storm.

More than 4,000 of the outages Thursday were in Harford and Baltimore counties. Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. says it’s preparing for more outages as winds pick up after Wednesday’s snow and ice.

BGE also reports hundreds of outages in Anne Arundel and Howard counties, and in Baltimore city.

Potomac Edison says it has about 400 customers without power in western Maryland. Almost all of them are in Garrett County.

The National Weather Service has a wind advisory in effect for most of Maryland until 6 p.m. It predicts northwest winds of 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 50 mph.