Warning Expires, Severe Thunderstorm Watch Now in Effect (Update 7:30 p.m.)
The National Weather Service says a storm with hail 'the size of quarters' is nearby.
(Update 07/18, 7:30 p.m.)
Many of the clouds have parted, the birds are chirping and BGE has restored power to 489 customers in Howard County after a brief encounter with the outskirts of a storm.
In all, nearly 630 customers lost power Wednesday evening after a storm with 60 mph winds and large hail approached the area. A severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect until 9 p.m.
(Updated 07/18, 6:20 p.m.)
This evening's Sunset Serenades Summer Concerts featuring Pyrates Royal at Centennial Park, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., has been cancelled due to weather. For information about other County programs, call the program status line at 410-313-4451 after 4 p.m
(Updated 07/18, 5:55 p.m.)
The National Weather Service's severe thunderstorm "warning" for Howard County has expired and as of about 5:45 p.m. a severe thunderstorm "watch" is in effect until 9 p.m.
NWS issues a "watch" when conditions for a storm are favorable, but no storm is imminent.
According to BGE, power was out for about 540 Howard County customers as of 5:50 p.m.
Original article, published 07/18, 4:45 p.m.:
The National Weather Service (NWS) issued severe thunderstorm warning Wednesday after a thunderstorm that produced hail the size of quarters and winds faster than 60 mph was spotted just before 4:30 p.m. near Beltsville.
According to NWS, the storm was moving east at about 20 mph. The warning is set to expire at 6 p.m.
NWS isn’t the only organization warning residents of potential hazards. BGE issued a statement Wednesday afternoon alerting customers of the possibility of power outages.
As of 4:45 p.m., about 350 Howard County customers had lost power since storm operations began at 3:22p.m.
“As the region continues to experience high temperatures, exceeding 100 degrees, BGE is also preparing for potential weather-related outages from the severe thunderstorms and high wind forecasted for this afternoon,” BGE spokesperson Jeannette M. Mills said in a statement issued by the utility.
BGE’s performance in Ellicott City is being investigated by the state’s utility regulator, the Public Service Commission, and heads of several Maryland jurisdictions have called for improvements to the company’s storm procedures after the widespread derecho outages.
Customers who want to report outages are asked to call 1.877.778.2222
This article has been updated to reflect current outages.
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