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Md. officials and utilities prep for big storm

HAGERSTOWN, Md. -- Maryland utility companies and emergency management officials say they're preparing for large-scale power outages, flooding and other damage from a storm that could arrive as early as Sunday.

Exelon Corp.'s Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said Thursday that it's planning for hundreds of thousands of potential outages. The company says it's putting 1,300 workers on standby and making plans to bring in at least 500 from other states.

In western Maryland, Potomac Edison is denying new vacation requests until any storm repairs have been made. The company is looking at the possibility that Tropical Storm Sandy could be followed by wintry weather in mountains.

The utilities and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency say lessons learned from past storms, including one in late June, that could help reduce damage and recovery time.