More than 72K BGE Customers Lose Power Due to Widespread Outage in Anne Arundel County

More than 72,000 Anne Arundel County BGE customers suddenly lost power this afternoon due to a widespread outage.

In a statement, BGE said that at 3:15 p.m., an equipment failure impacted a large part of Anne Arundel County, causing more than 72,000 BGE customers to lose electric service. "BGE crews are currently working as quickly and safely as possible to determine the cause of the outage and an estimated time of restoration for customers who remain without power," the statement said.  "We are fully mobilized and working multiple paths--from crews on the ground to automated distribution equipment--to resolve the issue."

The company said it expects to restore service for all impacted customers later this evening. As of 9:30pm., 65,000 of those who lost power this afternoon have been restored, according to a BGE spokesperson. 

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley released the following statement:

"BGE/Exelon is reporting that of the 41,000 homes that experienced power failure on Thursday afternoon, more than 21,000 have been restored as of 8 p.m. Thursday evening. Remaining outages are expected to be restored later tonight or overnight. BGE reports the outages are attributed to equipment failure and not the result of storm damage or heavy usage. BGE also notes that some homes may temporarily lose power as restoration efforts bring neighborhoods back online. Such losses should be momentary.   

As BGE works through restoration efforts, residents are reminded to treat intersections that do not have public safety officials directing traffic as four-way stops. Power has been restored at nearly all intersections, with the exception of small sections of West Street, Rowe Boulevard and Forest Drive. "