Friday, October 26, 2012
The Maryland Public Service Commission today eliminated the storm bill stabilization 24-hour grace period.
Effectively immediately, Pepco and BGE customers will not be charged for sales lost during the first 24 hours of major storm power outages, by order of the Maryland Public Service Commission. Area residents this summer were outraged to find themselves charged for power during the weeklong outages caused by the June 29 derecho. The charges came as part of a Bill Stabilization Adjustment program, which allowed utilities to bill customers for the first 24 hours after a power outage, effectively charging customers for power when they have none. The program was designed to increase efficiency, according to the commission. Friday's orders, affecting Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, Delmarva Power and Light Company, Potomac Electric Power …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Similar to the storm that hit Bladensburg in June, a microburst hit Fredericksburg Sunday.
When the microburst hit Bladensburg on June 22, residents were surprised by the amount of damage the storm left in its wake. On Sunday night, residents of Fredericksburg felt the same way, when a storm hit their community. A strong, downward draft pulled roofs off houses and knocked down large trees. The National Weather Service confirmed Monday that this storm was a microburst too. Read the full story on Fredericksburg Patch. Was your property damaged after the Bladensburg microburst? How long did it take for you to repair the damage?
Sunday, July 8, 2012
A Severe Weather Alert was issued for both counties through this evening.
Update, 11:50 p.m.: The severe thunderstorm warning has been extended to 12:30 a.m. July 9. The National Weather Service warns that there will be ground to cloud lighting and people should move indoors. Original Post, 4:45 p.m.: The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch until 10 p.m., with the worst of the predicted storm moving through the area sometime around 5 p.m. NWS describes it as a dangerous line of storms. "If you are in its path, move indoors to a sturdy building and stay away from windows." the forecasters stated. The storm could produce winds up to 60 MPH and large hail. A heat advisory remains in effect through 8 p.m. this evening. According to spokespeople for Pepco and Baltimore Gas & Electric, all …
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Primary concerns are high heat coupled with more severe weather expected late this afternoon and evening and restoring power to 800,000 people.
UPDATED (2:19 p.m.)—Gov. Martin O'Malley said state officials are assessing damage across Maryland in the wake of a severe line of thunderstorms that has knocked out power to more than 820,000 customers statewide. In a conference call with reporters, the governor and other state officials said they are assessing the need for cooling centers as the state faces expected severe hot weather over the next several days. Power restoration is also a priority as emergency management officials say they are tracking a line of severe storms that are expected to hit the state as early as late Saturday afternoon. "The utilities are taking the lead on this and the counties are supporting them," O'Malley said. "We're helping [the counties]." Across …