Baltimore Gas and Electric Company had restored power to nearly 90% of its customers Sunday, the result of Tropical Storm Ernesto that affected the utility's Central Maryland service territory with high wind and downed trees and limbs.

"While yesterday's focus was on addressing issues involving public safety including downed power lines, and restoring power to large groups of customers, today we've turned our attention to house-to-house restoration, where our crews must visit individual homes in order to restore power as safely and as quickly as possible," said Stephen J. Woerner, vice president of electric transmission and distribution for BGE. "We continue to remind our customers to exercise extreme caution around downed power lines and to contact BGE to report any remaining outages which may exist. We thank our customers for their ongoing patience and understanding as we continue with our restoration efforts. As always, the safety of our customers and employees is our number one priority."

As of Sunday morning, BGE crews had restored power to more than 160,000 customers. In total, more than 183,000 BGE customers were affected by Ernesto.

The utility also announced that it had increased its number of utility and contract employees engaged in the restoration effort to approximately 700, an increase of more than 200 over Saturday's complement. This includes additional field crews from contractors and neighboring utilities who had been made available to support harder hit utilities such as BGE.

BGE anticipated restoring power to the majority of its affected customers by Sunday night, however, the utility cautioned that there will be some instances where power would not be restored until Monday.