There’s frustration and outright anger at BGE. It’s all over a small fee charged to all customers, even to those who lost power for days during that powerful storm that tore through the state.
Delmarva Power is warning residents that customers should prepare for unexpected power outages if severe weather strikes the area this weekend.
The heat and humidity that are wrapping themselves around the region are sending even more people in search of some relief. Meanwhile, more out-of- state workers are arriving to help BGE restore power to the thousands still left in the dark after last Friday’s storm.
Just eight Baltimore County public schools remained without power Thursday afternoon and will be closed on Friday.
Utility workers were working Thursday to return lights and air conditions to hundreds of thousands of people who remained without power after last week’s violent storms, even as more strong storms moved in.
The region is struggling to get back to normal after deadly, power-cutting storms.
Tens of thousands are still without power, but progress is being made at getting more people online. Crews are still trying to clear the hundreds of trees that fell during last Friday night’s wind storm.
Pepco says it has restored power to 90 percent of those affected by last week’s storms, beating its own estimate for getting power back to customers.
BGE reports that all of their out-of-state crews are now in place.
At Ayd Hardware in Towson, a chalk sidewalk sign said in big letters “YES/DRY ICE.” That was enough to draw in Sheila Williams of the Lochearn area of Baltimore County, who happened to be driving by.
Gov. Martin O’Malley says he is pushing utilities to do better than their predictions of restoring power to 90 percent of homes by Friday.
A day after seeking refuge at shopping malls and movie theaters, hoping the lights would be back on when they returned, 3 million residents faced a grim reality Sunday: stifling homes, spoiled food and a looming commute filled with knocked-out stoplights.