Gusty Winds, Icy Conditions Leave Thousands Without Power

Thursday, Feb 6, 2014  |  Updated 7:20 AM EDT
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Wind gusts up to 35 miles per hour paired with ice-covered trees caused thousands of metro D.C. residents to lose power Wednesday night. News4's Richard Jordan has the latest on the outages and when customers can expect power to be restored.

Wind gusts up to 35 miles per hour paired with ice-covered trees caused thousands of metro D.C. residents to lose power Wednesday night. News4's Richard Jordan has the latest on the outages and when customers can expect power to be restored.

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Icy Conditions Leave Hundreds Without Power

Wind gusts of up to 35 miles per hour and below freezing temperatures left thousands of DC metro area residents without power. News4's Shomari Stone reports.
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Wind gusts up to 35 miles per hour paired with ice-covered trees caused thousands of metro D.C. residents to lose power Wednesday night.

The area saw about a .25 inch of ice freeze Tuesday into Wednesday and as temperatures plummeted again that night, all of the left over ice re-froze, leaving perfect conditions for tree and powerline breakage.

Local officials recommend using extra precautions during your morning commute, especially if using secondary roadways.

Both Baltimore Gas and Electric and Potomac Edison say it will likely be Friday, at the earliest, before power is fully restored to their service areas.

At the peak of the outages Wednesday morning, about 158,000 customers were without power.

As of 7:20 a.m. Thursday, the following counties experienced power outages:

  • Prince George's: 8
  • Frederick Co., Md.: 18,744
  • Howard: 1,693
  • Montgomery: 13
  • Washington Co.: 4,744

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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