High winds cause thousands to lose power

WASHINGTON (AP/WJLA) - High winds are knocking out power and affecting travel around the mid-Atlantic region.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for much of the region until midday Thursday with winds up to 30 mph and gusts up to 50 mph. A red flag warning for critical fire weather conditions was issued in Virginia and there's an enhanced fire danger in other parts of the region.

Outages in Maryland reached 31,000 Wednesday night, but fell to about 7,000 by Thursday morning.

Weather prompted a temporary ground stop at Reagan National Airport on Wednesday night. Downed trees and wires have closed some roads in the region. The Maryland Transportation Authority is restricting Bay Bridge traffic to passenger vehicles only and has issued wind warnings for the Key and Hatem bridges.

Wind also caused a power line to come down on a sidewalk along the south side of Georgia Avenue, forcing lanes closures and preventing residents from leaving their homes.

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, the current outage numbers in the D.C. area are:

BGE 3,015 Pepco 494 Dominion (Northern Virginia)
6,511 SMECO 1,487 NOVEC 147 Potomac Edison 691 Rappahannock 292

If your power goes out, you can report the outage to your power company by calling these numbers:

BGE 1-877-778-2222 Pepco 1-877-737-2662 Dominion 1-866-DOM-HELP SMECO 1-877-747-6326 NOVEC 1-888-335-0500 Potomac Edison