This article was updated at 9: 30 a.m. March 13, 2014.
High winds overnight and into this morning have caused a number of power outages - and some of those are affecting morning commutes.
In Laurel, a downed power line had traffic stopped on Md. 198 for a while, according to washingtonpost.com. Police were also directing traffic in Montgomery County at New Hampshire Avenue and Md. 108 because power outages mean the traffic signals were not working.
Drivers should remember to treat a traffic light that’s out as a four-way stop.
Power outages numbered in the thousands as of 9:30 a.m. BGE was reporting 1,722 customers out in Montgomery County and 87 in Prince George’s; Pepco is listing 142 customers out in Montgomery and 287 in Prince George’s; and Dominion is showing 875 customers in Fairfax without power.
The National Weather Service says a wind advisory will remain in effect for the area through 11 a.m.