I phoned in the power outage using the BG&E automated line to give them quick notice. The computer generated voice said that the outage had already been reported, and I could expect power to be restored by 6:30am. Ha. I know an overly optimistic estimate when I hear one. I went back to sleep.
In the light of day, I could see that the storm left damage.
Here's where the top 40 foot portion landed. How convenient. I knew that this tree was dying, so I'm not surprised that it went.
Bowie City Manager David Deutsch said that the damage was restricted to the Whitehall, Chapel Forge and Meadowbrook sections - a cluster of neighborhoods just North of Maryland Route 450.
The four trees that toppled on our street were all blown down in the same direction.
- Heavy rain
- Short duration
- Heavy, straight winds
- Damage localized to a single area
- All damage consistent with wind blowing in one direction.
BG&E's estimate kept changing throughout the day. At one point, they indicated that they were receiving a new outage report. The power was finally restored over 16 hours later.