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With Widespread Power Outages, Harford County Opens 3 Shelters

There are three shelters open for Harford County residents without power.

There will be three shelters open overnight for those in Harford County who need somewhere to stay warm, emergency officials reported Wednesday.

More than 13,000 customers were without power in Harford County, particularly in the northern areas, Emergency Manager Rick Ayers said in a 5 p.m. statement. BGE and Delmarva Power were having trouble restoring service because ice, fallen trees and branches covered power lines.

To assist those without power, the county is opening three shelters, the Harford County's Department of Emergency Services reported:
Citizens using the shelters should bring their personal hygiene items (soap, towels, pillow, toothbrush); any necessary medications; and specialized medical equipment that may be needed.

Weapons will not be permitted into the shelters, officials said.

Additional outages may occur, as winds are supposed to pick up and temperatures will drop into the teens overnight, Ayers said.

Harford County Emergency Management, the Department of Community Services, the Department of Social Services and the American Red Cross are working together to assist those who have lost power, the statement said.

The following hotline has been activated for non-emergency-related questions in Harford County: 410-838-5800.

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