The Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) announced in a press release on Wednesday that it is pre-mobilizing several hundred linemen and support staff from outside of BGE’s service area to supplement its resources.
Some of these resources are expected to begin arriving in BGE’s service area this evening, with more likely to arrive on Thursday and Friday, according to the news announcement.
BGE customers should prepare for the possibility of widespread, extended outages due to heavy rain and wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour knocking down whole trees and large tree limbs onto power lines. An event of this magnitude could leave some customers without power for multiple days, said BGE in the news announcement.
The current track of Hurricane Irene has its peak impact on BGE’s service area from Saturday afternoon through early Sunday morning. Customers could begin to experience outages on Saturday and may experience multiple outages even after the storm has cleared the system on Sunday due to weakened trees and tree limbs that may not fall until after the storm has left the area.