BGE Preparing for Hurricane Sandy

The storm's path is still being calculated, but it could reach the Maryland coastline this weekend.

Emergency services and BGE are closely monitoring the path of Hurricane Sandy as it nears the East Coast.

Sandy made landfall Thursday in Cuba. Its path could veer toward the East Coast, landing anywhere from New York to Maryland, or it could fade away into the North Atlantic, meteorologists said.

The storm could create gale-force winds, or it could join with a winter storm and blast the East Coast with a wintry mix of rain and snow.

BGE issued a statement Wednesday saying it was preparing for the possibility of weather-related outages this weekend and into next week. 

"Despite the fact that this particular storm is several days away, and its path is still in question, BGE is closely monitoring (Hurricane) Sandy with an eye toward executing its playbook for severe impact storms," said Jeannette M. Mills, vice president and chief customer officer for BGE.

The service also advised its customers to have a plan in place should power be out for extended periods of time.

"BGE encourages customers to take time now to ensure they are prepared should severe weather affect the service area resulting in extended power outages," according to the statement.

More information on disaster preparedness can be found on BGE.com, and customers can get progress updates on restoration efforts through social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.

John Holmes October 26, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Can't wait to hear from the first who "lost 500.00 in food", (for the second time this year), still hasn't got off the 250.00 for a generator, and loves to bitch about BGE! Can't wait for the storm so he/she can bitch about BGE! Too Funny! You don't think there will be any problems with the lines burying them in the ground? And when there is a problem how much harder and more time consuming to troubleshoot and repair it.
Sean October 27, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Sean 3 minutes ago Calique 11:17 am on Friday, October 26, 2012 Logistically, I'd think that burying all the power lines would take tens of millions of dollars at least, and take many years of work. That is not a short-term solution. -- Oh, I agree: very costly and will take some time to complete. When this thing is over, wait for the press release about the amount of money BGE spent on crews working overtime to repair downed lines, and how much they paid to have out of state crews to do the same. Multiply that out by the number of times it happens, and the return on investment starts to look pretty reasonable. Also, point of clarification: I was not suggesting we try and bury them before this particular storm.
Sean October 27, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Of course there will still be problems with the grid even with submerged lines. However, the simple fact is, when power outages extend to multiple days and then weeks the overwhelming majority of problems revolve around downed lines due to trees felled by wind. Just because you might break your arm falling off your bike is no reason not to wear a helmet.
John Holmes October 28, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Ok, so the lines are buried in the ground. Where are all the transformers, fuses, switches, etc. going to go? Do they also end up on the ground and be subjected to vandalism and end up being a safety hazard to us? How's that large container going to look in the front corner of your yard with all this equipment in going to look? There's a whole lot more up there than just wires.
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