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Government, Public Safety
Governor has authority to call out Maryland National Guard if necessary.
With thousands without power and extreme heat descending on Howard County, the Columbia Association has invited residents to use their outdoor pools for free.
More than 400,000 without power in Central Maryland; 400 linemen arriving from FL and MS in 2-3 days, BGE officials say.
Patch has an update from the National Weather Service.
No air conditioning? No lights? No problem for some.
Government, Business, Public Safety
Primary concerns are high heat coupled with more severe weather expected late this afternoon and evening and restoring power to 800,000 people.
Crews are cleaning up damage across the state Saturday. Power could be out for days for some BGE customers.
BGE said restoring power for some areas could take days.
Police & Fire, Summer
The Maryland State police said they will be out in force through the July 4th holiday.
Officers will check for alcohol, seatbelt compliance and use of child safety seats.
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