Hurricane Irene rolled through the Harford County area Saturday evening and into the early Sunday hours, felling trees, closing numerous roads, creating at least two car crashes and causing power outages in the initial hours of the storm.
While the full force of the hurricane was expected to hit the area after midnight Saturday, driving rains and wind built throughout the afternoon and into the evening, causing a variety of minor incidents.
“So far several incidents for trees on homes, some with structural damage,” Rich Gardiner, spokesman for the Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association said shortly after 10 p.m. “No injuries so far. Other calls for power lines down.”
A car crash with an injury involved was reported on I-95 northbound near Old Joppa Road at about 11:30 p.m., Gardiner said. He encouraged all local drivers to stay off the roads while the storm passed through the area, calling the situation at the time “extremely dangerous.”
Meanwhile, at about the same time, an apartment fire was reported on the 400 block of Revolution Street in Havre de Grace.
A call for a confined space rescue on the 300 block of Old Nuttal Avenue in Edgewood, just outside the Rt. 24 entrance to Aberdeen Proving Ground, was reported on the county’s emergency operations Web site shortly before 11:15 p.m. A motor vehicle accident was reported on the 700 block of Walters Mill Road in Forest Hill just after 9:30 p.m., but the severity of the crash was not immediately known.
Power lines and a pole were reported down at two places in Aberdeen; at the intersection of Roosevelt Avenue and Post Road and on the 600 block of Old Philadelphia Road.
BGE in a statement said it had restored power to more than 24,000 customers in the first hours of the hurricane, but expected the number of customers without electricity to increase significantly overnight.
“Saturated ground coupled a heavy tree canopy and high wind has caused whole trees and tree limbs to come down onto power lines and other electric equipment,” the utility said in a release. “Due to the severe nature of this storm, customers may experience multiple outages throughout the next several days, including extended outages while the utility continues restoration work, even after the storm has passed. The hardest hit areas include Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert and Prince George’s Counties, and Baltimore City.”
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