Maryland Deals With Slippery Roads, Falling Trees & Power Outages

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Across the state, more than 150,000 people lost power during the ice storm.

Meghan McCorkell has a look at the conditions.

Related Link: BGE Outage Map

You can see the roads in downtown Baltimore are still pretty wet. The ice has melted but it’s a whole different story to the north and west.

The weight of ice toppled trees all over the area. Harford County took a hard hit from the ice storm. Driving in the dark was a serious challenge.

“That’s pretty much why I’m pulled over now for hitting a downed limb. It started making a noise so I’m hoping it didn’t do too much damage,” said driver Matt Heslin.

And if it isn’t ice bringing down trees, it’s ice that’s falling from the trees that’s causing problems. From cell phone video, you can hear just how hard it smashed into cars.

Since 4 a.m., the Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Department has been inundated with emergency calls.

“We’re probably one of the toughest hit areas in this northern part with power outages,” said Chief Rudy Walter.

The lights are out in a lot of homes in Baltimore County, too, where BGE is working into the night. With massive trees down, some repairs are dangerous.

In Carroll County, the power was out for nearly half of BGE customers Wednesday.

“We lost our power. A tree fell on my car; it’s continuing to fall on my car and I have a power line down so I can’t take the tree off of it,” said Garrett Broadwater.

And it isn’t over yet–spots may refreeze overnight and it could take until Friday for power to be fully restored. Emergency shelters have been set up in Harford, Frederick and Carroll counties for those without power.

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