Power Outage in Columbia, MD

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Baltimore Gas and Electric
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Howard Electric Coop
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Alliant Energy
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Boone Electric Cooperative
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Columbia Power Outages Caused by Weather


March 28, 2021 - Thunderstorm Wind

A tree was blown down on US-40 Baltimore National Pike at Tyson Road. Power lines were down in the 4600 block of South Leisure Road.

Normandy Hgts - Normandy Hgts
August 12, 2020 - Thunderstorm Wind

Trees blew down onto power lines near the intersection of Beechwood Road and Bonnie Branch Road. A tree blew down on MD-144 Frederick Road near Oella Avenue.

Ilchester - Ilchester
May 30, 2019 - Tornado

An EF-1 tornado, with estimated maximum wind speeds around 100 mph, occurred Thursday May 30th 2019 near Glenelg, Maryland. At 3:20 PM EDT (2:20 PM EST), the tornado touched down in a residential community west of Glenelg between Meriweather Drive and Edgewoods Way. As the tornado was passing through the community, it ripped sections of roofing deck off homes. It also snapped and uprooted trees and |large branches, and lofted loose objects hundreds of feet. Moving east-southeast, it crossed over Tridelphia Road and other nearby roads, downing large trees and power lines. As it reached Maryland Route 32 it downed a swath of trees on both sides of the road before moving over and just north of a Howard County Highway Maintenance facility. At the facility, the tornado ripped off its tin roofing, damaged some roof framing, tore a large section of fabric from a salt dome, destroyed garage bay |doors, damaged fencing, and continued to snap and uproot large trees along its path. |Continuing along, it snapped and uprooted large trees in residential areas along Buckskin Lake Drive, Folly Quarter Lane, and Heritage Hill Lane. It also ripped off a section of barn roofing. The tornado lifted at 3:27 PM EDT (2:27 PM EST), over a farm property before it reached Sheppard Lane.

Knollwood - Dayton
November 2, 2018 - Tornado

A tornado touched down in extreme northwestern Howard County, Maryland, approximately 1 mile south of Interstate 70/US-40/Baltimore National Pike at 8:19 PM EDT. Several wooden power poles were snapped along Penn Shop Road just east of MD-27/Ridge Road, indicative of winds over 100 MPH. The path continued northeastward into Carroll County.

Long Corner - Long Corner
June 21, 2016 - Tornado

The National Weather Service, Baltimore-Washington DC Weather|Forecast Office, conducted a survey of storm damage that occurred in|western Howard County Maryland from severe storms that struck that|county shortly after 1 pm EDT on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Estimated maximum wind speed was 80 mph, making the tornado an EF-0.||Initial tornado touchdown was established near the intersection of|Old Annapolis Road and St. Michaels Road just southwest of Lisbon at|129 PM EDT. Properties there sustained tree damage with multiple|trees snapped, uprooted, and topped in multiple directions. A large|garage had its doors bowed by the wind. Small objects were lofted.||The tornado continued towards the southeast, passing through the|areas of Glenwood and Glenelg, before lifting just before Ellicott|City in the vicinity of Manor Lane and Carroll Mill Road. Along its|path, the tornado caused nearly continuous tree damage, with large|trees and tree branches snapped, uprooted, and topped in multiple|directions. The trees downed many power lines and blocked multiple|roads. Some trees and large branches fell on homes and garages.|There were a few instances of minor roofing damage from the wind,|but largely home damage was limited to tree falls. Several small|outbuildings were either damaged or destroyed.||Minor wind damage from strong thunderstorm winds continued southeast|into Ellicott City, but no tornado damage was found. Tree damage from thunderstorm downburst (straight-line) winds was noted as far west as Schafferville Rd, between Long Corner Rd and Florence Road.

Florence - Pine Orchard


October 29, 2011

High pressure over New England pumped in an abundant amount of cold air while low pressure developed along the Mid-Atlantic Coast. Precipitation well ahead of the low overspread Maryland on the evening of the 28th. Precipitation continued through most of the 29th before ending during the late afternoon and evening hours. Precipitation started off as rain across most areas, but colder air wrapped into the storm system causing rain to change over to snow. ||The combination of heavy wet snow on trees that still had leaves caused numerous power outages across northern and western Maryland.

August 27, 2011

Hurricane Irene tracked up the Mid-Atlantic Coast during the evening hours of the 27th through the early morning hours of the 28th. Irene passed by just to the east of Ocean City, Maryland during the early morning hours of the 28th. The minimum central pressure was 958 millibars and maximum sustained winds were 80 mph, making Irene a category one hurricane. Irene produced tropical storm conditions across portions Maryland near and east of the Interstate 95 Corridor. The worst conditions were near the Chesapeake Bay. ||The highest rainfall totals were around twelve inches across St Marys County. Widespread power outages were reported across eastern Maryland along with numerous trees down. Total damage from Irene was over 10 million dollars.

January 26, 2011

A potent area of low pressure was located over the Tennessee Valley on the morning of Wednesday, January 26th. The warm front associated with the low triggered a period of mixed precipitation early Wednesday morning. There was enough warm air behind the warm front for precipitation to fall in the form of light rain and drizzle later in the morning into the afternoon.||The low passed through the area late in the afternoon into the evening. A burst of heavier precipitation was associated with the low and at the same time colder air was drawn into the system. This caused a period of heavy snow to bring significant snow accumulation to the area in a short period of time. The heavy snow which fell around the evening rush hour caused numerous traffic accidents and there were also numerous power outages due to the heavy snow weighing on trees and power lines. Stranded vehicles were also reported around the Baltimore metropolitan area due to the snow.

September 6, 2008

Tropical Storm Hanna tracked up the Mid-Atlantic coast on the 6th with maximum sustained winds around 50 mph. Hanna originally made landfall near the border of North and South Carolina around 3:20 AM on the 6th. Hanna tracked across eastern North Carolina during the early afternoon hours before turning northeast across southeastern Virginia later in the afternoon. Hanna eventually tracked across the Chesapeake Bay and into Delaware during the evening hours. With the track of Hanna being to the east, the strongest winds were also confined to our east. However, Hanna was still responsible for heavy rain along with Tropical Storm force winds across Maryland. Rainfall amounts totaled around 4 to 8 inches across many locations. Numerous roads were closed throughout Maryland due to flash flooding. Tropical Storm force winds were responsible for downed trees and power lines across Maryland as well. The worst conditions occurred during the late morning and afternoon hours as the storm passed by just to the east.

July 27, 2008

A cold front approached the region on July 27th as a strong upper level low pressure system remained over the northeast. Warm and humid air at the surface interacted with cooler air aloft to produce scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon hours. Many of the storms became severe, producing damaging winds that downed trees and power lines. Large hail to the size of quarters was also reported.


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Nov 1, 2022

Hurricane Ian makes landfall in South Carolina with more flooding | wltx.com

The state is expected to be dealing with Hurricane Ian's impacts all throughout Friday and perhaps into early Saturday morning.

Sep 30, 2022

Hurricane Ian: Dominion Energy preparations and emergency response - ABC Columbia

Dominion Energy says Hurricane Ian could cause power outages in South Carolina.

Sep 28, 2022

Ian Map: Tracking the Post-Tropical Cyclone - The New York Times

A map showing the storm’s path as it continues inland after making landfall in South Carolina.

Sep 24, 2022

One hospitalized after rollover crash caused power outage | Public Safety | newspressnow.com

One person was sent to Mosaic Life Care after a single-vehicle rollover crash that caused a small power outage Thursday afternoon.

Sep 22, 2022

California averts rolling blackouts amid heat wave - Los Angeles Times

The California Independent System Operator had issued a level 3 alert, a sign that the grid couldn't meet the state's electrical needs.

Sep 6, 2022

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Aug 30, 2022

Sussex County and Morris County power outage after I-80 accident

80,000 customers were knocked out before crews started re-routing power to substations in Morris and Sussex counties.

Aug 9, 2022

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Power out on parker st Columbia tn

Shannon | July 21, 2022  

Power out Bristow rd in Columbia

April | July 12, 2022  

Power went out on Overlook Place near Trotwood Avenue at around 9 am

Josh | June 07, 2022  

Power out on E. 15th Street, Columbia 38401

Residents | January 01, 2022  

My electric is out on Ray Miller Rd near Knifley. I am unable to get through to either of the phone numbers to report the outage.

Joe Marsh | December 25, 2021  

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What is Power Outage?

Power outage (also called a power cut, a power blackout, power failure or a blackout) is a short-term or a long-term loss of the electric power to a particular area.

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Columbia, Maryland

City Columbia
County Howard
State Maryland (MD)
Country United States
Zip Codes 21044, 21045, 21046

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