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Large power outages move across Baltimore causing community concern

Posted at 8:26 PM, Jul 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-22 08:21:09-04

BALTIMORE — Large outages moved across Baltimore County and City, totaling more than 2,000 customers at one point Friday night.

Several streets in Little Italy lost power causing business owners to have to close up for the night.

Joseph Benny Gardella, owner of Jo Benny's, had a packed house on Friday night, but the outage caused him to have to send people home.

Gardella said thousands of dollars of food is going to waste and will most likely have to be thrown out.

With the temperatures rising and an excessive heat warning looming throughout the region, the loss of power is a concern for the locals.

"It's the worst night it could have happened to us really," Gardella said. "The businesses, they're gonna suffer, and I’m worried about the elderly. We have a few elderly in the few blocks, so we’ll check on them."

Maryann Campanella has lived in Baltimore her entire life and remembers when they didn't have power for days at a time. She's just hoping that doesn't happen again.

"Tonight I was watching TV and all of a sudden everything went out, lights, phone, everything," Campanella said. "Naturally everyone came out in the street wondering what was going on."

At this time, the cause for the outage is still being investigated and BGE says there is no estimated restoration time for the city or the county.