Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) announced it is closely monitoring Hurricane Earl, a powerful storm that has already caused damage in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and identifying all available restoration resources should the storm result in electric service interruptions for Central Maryland customers later this week. BGE also urged customers to be prepared for power outages and take the necessary steps to protect their families and property in advance of the storm’s arrival.

“Based on current forecasts, it does not appear that Hurricane Earl will significantly impact BGE’s Central Maryland service area, however there is still the potential for power outages associated with this storm and BGE is proactively planning for this possibility,” said A. Christopher Burton, senior vice president of gas and electric operations and planning for BGE, in a press statement.  “In addition to closely monitoring the weather and discussing its possible impact, BGE is also alerting employees that they may be needed for restoration activities later in the week and identifying external resources that could be asked to assist with the restoration effort. BGE is also working very closely with state and local authorities to ensure a coordinated effort.”

The powerful hurricane has vacillated between categories three and four, 4 and could produce winds in excess of 111 miles per hour. The utility suggests local households have the following items on hand at all times:
Flashlights – not candles
Fresh batteries
Battery-operated clock radio
Corded telephone
Fully charged cell phone
Non-perishable food
Blankets

Customers should avoid downed power lines and report them immediately by calling 1-877-778-2222. Customers should also call this number to report power outages where downed wires are not apparent. Only qualified BGE personnel or contractors are authorized to remove debris from power lines and customers should never approach downed wires for any reason.