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February 11, 2012

High winds forecast for Sunday

With a night of howling winds up to 47 miles per hour and some flurries in the forecast, utility crews were preparing Saturday for potential power outages, Meredith Cohn reports.

Mostly sunny skies were forecast for the Baltimore region on Sunday, and the daytime high was expected to reach 35, according to the National Weather Service.

The winds were expected to continue blowing throughout the day and into the evening, with gusts up to 37 miles per hour, according to the service. Conditions, however, were expected to improve during the work week, with high temperatures after Monday in the 40s, reaching 51 on Thursday, when there is another chance of precipitation.

But the high winds forecast for Saturday night and Sunday led Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. to prepare for power outages. Gusts could bring down trees and limbs onto power lines and other power equipment.

BGE said it has crews on hand to respond. "BGE is proactively preparing for the likelihood of wind-related power outages by not only keeping a close watch on the weather, but also by increasing its number of field personnel overnight to assist in restoration work should outages occur," said A. Christopher Burton, senior vice president of gas and electric operations and planning for BGE, in a statement.

"Restoration work involving the removal of tree debris can be labor and time intensive," he said. "In addition, windy conditions could limit restoration work involving bucket trucks. We thank our customers in advance for their cooperation and understanding."

BGE officials warn that special needs customers should make arrangements and those with generators should make sure they are well ventilated.

Customers can report outages at 877-778-2222 and downed lines at 410-685-0123.

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