Power Outages, Traffic Delays Accompany Tropical Storm Andrea
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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Hundreds of customers are without power and motorists are facing messy roads as Tropical Storm Andrea approaches the mid-Atlantic region.
A tornado watch was in effect for Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties in Maryland until 8 p.m. on Friday, along with a flash flood warning issued by the National Weather Service for Cecil County and parts of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties.
BGE is reporting about 650 customers without power Friday afternoon in central Maryland, with the majority of them in Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties.
Dominion Power is reporting about 350 customers in the dark in northern Virginia. Pepco has about 100 customers without power throughout the District and Maryland’s Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.
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Transportation officials around the region are reporting accidents and lane closures on some roads due to standing water.
Maryland Transportation Authority officials say winds and heavy rain will likely prevent two-way traffic on one Bay Bridge’s span.
Officials are warning travelers to expect delays Friday afternoon without the two-way operations that can ease congestion by allowing one lane of eastbound traffic on the westbound span.
Officials say they will monitor weather conditions and will open up the westbound span to eastbound traffic if possible.
Officials also warn that windy conditions may make restrictions on larger vehicles and certain cargo necessary.
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