Bay Bridge re-opens after closure due to storm, high winds

(Courtesy Maryland Dept. of Transportation)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP/ABC7) - Maryland's Bay Bridge has reopened to cars and SUVs after being closed entirely due to high winds, but high-profile trucks are still prohibited from traversing the Chesapeake Bay.

The Maryland Transportation Authority said Wednesday at about 2:30 p.m. that the bridge that crosses over the Chesapeake Bay was closed.

On Wednesday afternoon two lanes of the westbound span of the bridge were shut down due to an overturned tractor trailer. Maryland Transportation Authority spokeswoman Cheryl Sparks said she did not know what if anything the trailer was carrying or whether anyone was injured when the vehicle overturned.

Delmarva Power reported thousands of outages in the state Wednesday afternoon, although those totals were down significantly by 5 p.m.

In Berlin, Maryland State Police said a downed tree blocked the eastbound lanes of Route 50 near the Fort Whaley campground. Flooding was reported in low-lying areas in Crisfield, and in Cambridge, the storm pushed waves over the bulkhead at the Cambridge Marina.

Ocean City emergency management director Joseph Theobald says there have been high winds and standing water in the resort town, but the storm hasn't been any worse than what was forecast and no major flooding is expected.

The Bay Bridge connects Maryland's Eastern shore with the Baltimore and Washington regions. The bridge has two spans that stretch for about four miles. The original span opened in 1952; the second in 1973.