Tuesday, October 30, 2012
There are 308,000 Maryland residents without power and there have been two storm-related deaths.
Editor's note: A death that the state originally attributed to Hurricane Sandy has been retracted and was not hurricane-related. Hurricane Sandy claimed the lives of two Maryland residents and 308,000 were still without power as of 11:15 a.m. Tuesday. A large tree fell on the home of a Pasadena man and killed him Monday night. The first storm-related death was in an automobile accident Monday morning in Montgomery County. State officials originally connected a third death in Prince George's County with the storm, but county officials are no longer linking the death to the storm. A man changing a tire beneath an SUV was killed when the jack slipped, officials said. Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Joshua …
Monday, October 29, 2012
Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey a couple of hours ago and Marylanders can expect heavy rain and strong winds for the next 12 hours.
The eye of Hurricane Sandy is making its way through the upper Chesapeake Bay and 280,000 Maryland residents are without power, Gov. Martin O’Malley said Monday night. The storm made landfall near Cape May, New Jersey, earlier Monday night, according to meteorologist Ken Wedelski of the National Weather Service. It is moving on a north/northwest course but is slowing down, moving at about 23 mph. About half of the citizens in Cecil and Harford counties are without power. Rain and strong winds will continue in the Baltimore-Washington corridor. Blizzard warnings are in effect for Western Maryland and tidal flooding is expected, Wedelski said at MEMA headquarters in Reisterstown during the governor’s 9:30 p.m. press conference. “The next 12 …
Marylanders without power number 75,000 as Sandy picks up speed and intensity.
Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall between 8 and 10 p.m. Monday, Gov. Martin O’Malley said in a 5 p.m. press conference. The number of Maryland residents without power reached 75,000 just after 5 p.m., O’Malley said at Maryland Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Reisterstown. “The storm is becoming stronger in her center with 90 mile an hour winds,” O’Malley said. “The good news is she’s moving faster.” If the storms continue to move fast, it may be in Maryland for a shorter time than the originally predicted 24 to 36 hours, O’Malley said. In addition to power outages, the number of which will increase, the state is monitoring flooding. Five to six inches of rain have already fallen, and another six inches is expected to…
Gov. Martin O’Malley urged Marylanders to stay inside for the next 36 hours and said the storm will take lives as it moves through Maryland.
Gov. Martin O’Malley said Marylanders will die as Hurricane Sandy moves through the state. “The days ahead are going to be very difficult,” he said in a press conference at Maryland Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Reisterstown Monday morning. “There will be people who will die and are killed in the storm.” He urged residents to stay off the roads and stay inside for the next 24 to 36 hours. High winds are anticipated for the Baltimore-Washington area by the early afternoon, O’Malley said. He expects power outages to start this afternoon and this evening. “There will be many trees that will go down and there will be many power lines that will go down,” he said. The storm has intensified in the past 12 hours, the governor said. “…
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Sen. Ben Cardin announced a presidential declaration that gives Maryland federal aid and Gov. Martin O’Malley urged Maryland citizens to stay off the roads Monday at a press conference at MEMA.
President Barack Obama signed a pre-landfall state of emergency declaration for Maryland. The declaration provides federal resources from FEMA and Health and Human Services to state aid, Sen. Ben Cardin announced at a press conference at Maryland Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Reisterstown Sunday night. “Federal partners are here at your request,” he said. Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are working alongside state agencies at MEMA’s emergency operations center, which is fully staffed in preparation for Hurricane Sandy. Federal employees from Mississippi, Texas, South Carolina, Indiana and Kansas have come to Maryland’s aid, Cardin said. Military …
The state’s emergency operations centers are up and running, members of the National Guard have been deployed and utility companies are ready for Hurricane Sandy. Early voting Monday is canceled.
Maryland residents may face days of power outages and flooding from ‘killer storm’ Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Martin O’Malley said at a press conference Sunday afternoon. “The utility companies have been drawing in outside help to the greatest extent possible in order to prepare for what we anticipate will be several days of power outages for a large number of citizens in the state of Maryland,” O’Malley said. Minor flooding in the bay and major flooding in creeks, especially on the Eastern shore, is expected. Ocean City may see waves the size of which it hasn’t had since Hurricane Gloria in 1985, the governor said. The state is fully prepared for Hurricane Sandy. “We are at full activation now,” O’Malley announced at a press conference at the …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
A fourth Marylander died from heat and a contractor was killed taking down limbs from a damaged tree, bringing the toll to eight, as Gov. Martin O’Malley stresses that it is still a dangerous situation for elderly citizens.
UPDATED 3:50 p.m. Tuesday: Maryland officials reported a fourth heat-related death and the death of contractor who was removing tree limbs, bringing Maryland’s total to eight deaths due to Friday’s storm, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Joshua Sharfstein reported. The contractor died Monday in Garrett County while taking down limbs from a storm-damaged tree near Oakland, according to Ed McDonough, spokesman for the Maryland Emegency Management Agency (MEMA). More heat-related deaths are expected as crews restore power to the state, Sharfstein said. Gov. Martin O’Malley said the situation for senior citizens still without electricity and, therefore, air conditioning, is dire. “We are still in a very …
Monday, July 2, 2012
The state’s death count has risen to six as more than 400,000 Marylanders are still without power.
Six Marylanders have died as a result of Friday night’s storm, Gov. Martin O’Malley said during a news conference Monday. More than 400,000 Marylanders were still without power as of 3:30 p.m. Monday as the state approached approximately 60 percent restoration, O’Malley said. Three of the six deaths from the storm were heat-related, and two of those three were senior citizens. Those deaths were in Baltimore City, Wicomico and Montgomery counties, according to Fran Phillips, deputy secretary of public health service for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In the case of the other three deaths, an Anne Arundel County resident died after a tree fell on his SUV, a Montgomery County resident died after a tree fell on their …
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Gov. Martin O'Malley said 823,000 are without power, 200 roads are closed, almost 4,000 residents in shelters and two reported deaths. BWI is open.
(Updated 1 p.m., Aug. 28) More than 800,000 Maryland residents were without power Sunday, almost 4,000 fled to shelters and two people were killed in a lashing overnight by Hurricane Irene, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency said. Crisfield, in Somerset County, has been issued a mandatory evacuation. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown said National Guard, Department of Natural Resources and Maryland State Police were aiding in the evacuation.
“It’s not life-threatening, but because of rising tides we consider it a precautionary measure,” he said.
Ocean City is open as of noon.
Nearly 2,000 students who were part of a foreign exchange program that were evacuated will be returning today, Brown said in the latest update for reporters. Sen. …
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Gov. Martin O'Malley on what it's been like leading a major disaster response from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency in Reisterstown.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley says he’s never been in an emergency situation in which the president took an interest, he knew evacuating Ocean City was the right thing to do and FEMA is a lot better than it used to be. He sat down in his shirtsleeves with Patch at hurricane central—the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) in Reisterstown— where he was planning to sleep Saturday night.