A wind advisory is in effect for much of Maryland and Washington, D.C. until 7 p.m. The National Weather Service said wind gusts could reach up to 50 miles per hour.
A gale warning has been issued until 6 p.m. for the Chesapeake Bay from Pooles Island to Smith Point, Virginia, areas north of Pooles Island, the Chester River to Queenstown, Maryland and the Patapsco River including the Baltimore harbor, among other waterways. The National Weather Service said waves of two to four feet are possible and could even reach five feet near the mouth of the Potomac River, pushed along by winds gusting as high as 40 knots.
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Once the gale warning ends, a small craft advisory will take effect until 6 a.m. Friday. Wind gusts could reach up to 30 knots.
As of 2:30 p.m. Thursday, BGE reports more than 12,000 customers are without power, including 4,513 in Baltimore, 3,370 in Baltimore County, 2,594 in Anne Arundel County, 837 in Howard County and 615 in Harford County.
On its website, BGE asked all customers without power to report outages:
“BGE is monitoring an approaching weather system that is expected to bring high winds throughout the day Thursday and into Friday morning which may result in power outages. We understand that a power outage can make this already challenging time even more difficult. Our storm command structure is activated and we have crews in place ready to respond to restore power quickly and safely. Crews are following CDC guidance for social distancing and personal protection. If you experience a power outage or need to report a downed wire, please call 877.778.2222. BGE asks all customers, including those with smart meters, to report their outage. Download BGE’s free mobile app, visit the Apple Store or GooglePlay.”
While severe thunderstorm warnings for parts of Baltimore City, as well as Harford, Baltimore and Carroll counties, have been canceled, strong winds are still moving through the area.
A severe thunderstorm watch that was originally in effect until 4 p.m. for Baltimore City as well as Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties has also been canceled.