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UPDATE: Harford County Opens 'Warming Centers,' Some Open Late

Thousands were without power on Thursday in Harford County.

Harford County Public Library and Harford County Government invite citizens seeking relief from the cold, especially those without power, to visit local libraries, which are designated "warming centers," officials said Thursday afternoon.

Libraries will be available during normal hours for those looking to warm up, with the exception of three branches that are open late. The Bel Air, Fallston and Jarrettsville branches of Harford County Public Library will be open until 10 p.m. Thursday, according to the Harford County Public Library Foundation.

Temperatures were around freezing Thursday in Harford County, with a high of 32 degrees and nighttime temperatures dropping to the teens, according to the National Weather Service.

At 2:30 p.m., there were 3,500 BGE customers and 16 Delmarva customers in Harford without power. At 12:30 p.m., there were 4,406 BGE customers and 39 Delmarva Power customers in Harford without power, the utility companies reported.

Schools were canceled Thursday in Harford County and shelters were opened Wednesday night through Thursday morning.

The Bel Air Athletic Club at 658 Boulton St. offered its facility to those who need a warm place and/or shower as well.

The Whiteford Volunteer Fire Company, one of the three shelters that opened Wednesday night, was providing temporary shelter for three families from nearby Pennsylvania that were without power and/or heat. The families spent the night in their cars to stay warm, officials said.

Whiteford said it would be open Thursday evening for those seeking shelter. It will have showers, warm food and drinks, cots and blankets available. It advised people to bring towels, toiletries and pillows to its location at 1407 Pylesville Rd.

During the day Thursday, Harford County Library branches are available during normal hours of operation, as follows:

  • Aberdeen: 21 Franklin St.; Tuesday and Thursday, 1–8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday, 1–5 p.m.
  • Abingdon, 2510 Tollgate Rd.; Thursday 1–8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, 1–5 p.m.
  • Bel Air, 100 E. Pennsylvania Ave.: Thursday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday, 1–5 p.m.
  • Darlington, 1134 Main St.; Thursday, noon to 5 p.m.; Friday, 1–5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Edgewood, 629 Edgewood Rd.: Thursday, 1–8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 
  • Fallston, 1461 Fallston Rd.: Thursday, 1–8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Havre de Grace, 120 N. Union Ave.: Thursday, 1–8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Jarrettsville, 3722 Norrisville Rd.: Thursday, 1–8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday, 1–5 p.m.
  • Joppa, 655 Towne Center Dr.: Thursday, 1–8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Norrisville, 5310 Norrisville Rd.: Thursday, 1–8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Whiteford, 2407 Whiteford Rd.: Thursday, 1–8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

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