Tens of Thousands Left Without Power After Friday Night Thunderstorms
Violent thunderstorms that passed through the area Friday night left tens of thousands of people without power today as the heat index rises to a 100 degrees.
According to Gov. Martin O’Malley, this sudden storm was a historic event, ripping across the state with damaging winds and rain that knocked out power to 820,000 customers statewide. According to BGE, there are currently 91,717 customers in Anne Arundel County without power.
Crews are working to clear downed trees and power lines before another round of storms hit the area later this afternoon. Area roads such as Riva, Route 214, Birdsville and Nutwell Sudley were affected, with trees and power lines blocking intersections in the early morning hours.
The strong winds also blew over roadside farm stands and firework displays in Davidsonville and Edgewater.
With today’s high heat, Gov. O’Malley encouraged neighbors to check in each other. The county has opened a cooling center at the Police Southern District Station at 35 Stepney’s Lane and Annapolis High School on Riva Road. In addition, the Arundel Swim Center is open until 4 p.m. for those looking for a place to take a shower.
An Edgewater man died when a large tree fell on his vehicle while driving down Harwood Road, according to a media release from Anne Arundel County Police. Kevin O’Brien, 25, of the 1700 block of Fairhill Drive in Edgewater, was pronounced dead at the scene, the release said.