As of Thursday at 10:30 p.m., it was reported that just over 1,000 customers were affected. The remaining outages should be restored by Thursday night or Friday morning. Thursday at 4 p.m., the BGE outage map indicated that more than 40,000 customers were affected throughout the entire service area. At its peak, BGE reported that approximately 72,000 customers were affected.
At approximately 3:15 p.m., according to city officials, the power outage began. In a statement, they said, “According to our best information, a power outage at the Cedar Park substation has affected the Annapolis peninsula and nearby communities.”
Annapolis OEM Shared a Tweet addressing the power outage across the city and said that they are working with BGE to identify the impact and restoration time. You can see their Tweet below.
There is an extensive Citywide power outage. We are working with BGE to identify the impacts and restoration times. We have received reports that all traffic lights are out. Please use extreme caution on the roadways. #Annapolis #EMAlert
— Annapolis OEM (@AnnapolisOEM) June 1, 2023
BGE spokesperson Nick Alexopulos also issued a statement: “At 3:15 p.m., a large portion of Anne Arundel County was affected by an equipment failure, causing more than 72,000 BGE customers to lose electric service. BGE crews are currently working as quickly and safely as possible to determine the cause of the equipment failure and an estimated time for restoring power to the affected customers.
We are fully mobilized and pursuing multiple avenues to resolve the issue, including ground crews and automated distribution equipment. We anticipate restoring service to all affected customers this evening. We appreciate the patience of our customers while we address this issue.”
The United States Naval Academy informed 11 News that it was affected. City officials reminded motorists to treat inoperable traffic lights as four-way stops. SkyTeam 11 and Capt. Roy Taylor flew over the scene and noticed major intersections backing up with traffic due to the outages. BGE crews were observed working at a substation in Annapolis.
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BGE requested that all customers report outages online, by texting OUT to MYBGE (69243), or via its mobile app. Officials reminded residents not to leave unattended burning candles or generators in enclosed spaces. They also shared FDA food safety guidelines for perishable items.
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