Strong, gusting winds caused thousands of power outages across the region Sunday afternoon as 2012 continued its chilly closing stretch.
Sunday's forecast called for steady winds out of the Northwest to blow at between 15 and 25 miles per hour, with some gusts reaching as high as 30 miles per hour. That was enough to knock out power to nearly a thousand Dominion Power customers in Northern Virginia as of 3 p.m. PEPCO reported 179 outages, most of which were in Montgomery County.
Baltimore Gas and Electric reported 1,293 outages in Anne Arundel County, with a further 1,408 without service in the city of Baltimore.
The winds were expected to relax overnight and temperatures were expected to rise into the low-40s on Monday.