Thursday, November 1, 2012
Trucks from Tennessee and Florida travel up Interstate 95 on Thursday. See how you can help.
- PUBLIC SAFETY
- Sean Welsh
Thursday, November 1, 2012
A series of utility truck brigades traveled north on Interstate 95 on Thursday morning, going to assist in the recovery from superstorm Sandy in New York and New Jersey. Have photos of Sandy's damage in Essex or your community's recovery? Add them here. » Read some of the top stories in the Baltimore area following Sandy's landfall. To volunteer: For more ways to help, read here. TELL US: What are you doing post-Sandy? Cleaning up? Getting back to work? Volunteering? Leave a comment.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Revisit Patch's best storm coverage in the Baltimore metro area this week.
Sandy was a superstorm, invading Maryland, claiming lives, disrupting commerce, ruining property and altering the way we in the Baltimore metro area live. Patch was there to cover the stories in your community, give you a place to connect with neighbors and provide you with the latest updates from sources in the know. Here are a few of the top stories from around the Baltimore metro area—the best reporting from Harford and Baltimore counties, as well as Baltimore City: Have another interesting story we're missing, or a photo to share? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and we'll share it with our readers. — Are you following your local Patch on Facebook yet? Make sure you also "like" our newest Facebook page: …
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Editor's note: A death that the state originally attributed to Hurricane Sandy has been retracted and was not hurricane-related.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 …
Residents say some are being evacuated.
High tide is coming in Eastern Baltimore County and residents in Essex and Middle River are getting some early wake-up calls. Residents tell Essex Patch on Facebook that the water level is rising on Seneca Creek in Bowleys Quarters and police and fire crews are going door to door in Wilson Point telling residents to leave. The county's emergency operations page lists flooding in the 600 block of Wilson Point Road and in the 1400 block of Shore Road in Middle River as of 6:48 a.m. Power outages in the Essex-Middle River area appear to be less dense than the rest of the county, according to a Baltimore Gas and Electric map. As of 7:11 a.m. Tuesday, 52,000 BGE customers in Baltimore County were out of power, and 192,000 across the utility's …
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…
State police urge motorists to stay off the roads as much as possible.
Although Maryland State Police is not handing out citations for being on the road, they are strongly discouraging residents from driving. State police spokesperson Greg Shipley warned residents that increasing amount of standing water is a significant hazard to drivers because of the high risk for vehicles to hydroplane. “People don’t realize that you don’t have to be going that fast on the road to hydroplane,” he said. Hydroplaning is caused by water being pushed up to the tires and creating a barrier of water, which decreases tire traction and inhibits drivers’ ability to safely steer their vehicles. Basically, Shipley added, the vehicle will be traveling on top of water. Drivers could also run into other hazards like downed trees and …
Additionally, bridges will close and early voting tomorrow is canceled, Gov. Martin O’Malley said Monday afternoon.
As Hurricane Sandy arrives in Maryland, more than 24,000 state residents are without power, Gov. Martin O’Malley announced in a press briefing Monday afternoon. “This is a very, very dangerous storm and she is intensifying at her center,” he said. O'Malley reiterated that trees, poles and power lines will be knocked down. “The main message of the day is to hunker down and to stay inside,” he said. In the half-hour prior the briefing, which began just after 2 p.m., the number of Marylanders without power rose from around 1,000 to more than 24,000, O'Malley said at Maryland Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Reisterstown. One person died in a weather-related car crash in Montgomery County around 11:30 a.m. Monday, The Washington …
County drop-off facilities will close at 2 p.m. Monday through Tuesday.
Baltimore County crews will only collect trash, recycling and yard materials when and where weather conditions permit on Monday. On Tuesday, there will be no collections, according to the county website. County officials urge residents to secure trash and place out for collection when conditions permit. Recycling and yard materials need to be held until the next scheduled pickup. Additionally, county drop-off facilities be close at 2 p.m. Monday, and stay closed on Tuesday.
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. “…