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O’Malley: People Will Die

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.

“She’s going to sit on top of Maryland and beat on Maryland for 24 to 36 hours,” he said.

The tidal surge that was thought to be minor will be major as winds push water into the Chesapeake Bay. Tributaries of the bay will flood when the winds combine with the falling rain, and the governor anticipates having to close the Bay Bridge, he said.

“We’ll see overflows in ways we haven’t seen since Hurricane Gloria, or even Hurricane Agnes,” O’Malley said, referring to storms in 1985 and 1972, respectively.

Twenty-three shelters are open and activated, but the governor reminded Marylanders these shelters are for residents who will likely be displaced by the storm.

As the storm moves north, O’Malley is concerned about stress on the Conowingo Dam and tributaries into the Susquehanna, and said that the sediment being pumped into the Chesapeake Bay could become a long-term environmental concern.

FIFA October 30, 2012 at 02:31 PM
The difference between the two is Bush hired a political hack instead of a professional to be the FEMA administrator after slashing the budget. Romney wants to shut the agency down as do the Republicans by slashing the FEMA budget. http://www.policymic.com/articles/17718/fema-hurricane-sandy-aid-mitt-romney-anti-fema-remarks-are-not-totally-wrong
Richard Rice October 30, 2012 at 04:52 PM
It was not Martin O'Smally who kept our power on thru this horrible storm but PEPCO, BGE and those who trimmed our trees in the neighborhoods so that power would not be lost the way it was during our last weather calamity!!! Thank God for your safety; not the politicians!!!
Jae October 30, 2012 at 05:08 PM
When I heard Governor O'Malley make his statement about death in such a pompous and arrogant manner, I said in my head, "You are not God." Then I promptly turned off the TV. The comment was disrespectful. It was a very poor showing of leadership. I was very concerned particularly for the elderly who may have heard that comment. I personally am grateful for God's protection during and after the storm. There are blessings to be found.
Jeanne October 30, 2012 at 05:25 PM
My husband and I watched one of his updates and was disgusted. He kept repeating the word assets so mant times it was sad. I don't want to hear from him I want to hear from the people in charge that are out there in the storm. To everyone that was out there working in the storm, thank you for your hard work.
FIFA October 30, 2012 at 05:35 PM
So if you are not safe ...... Like those in NJ?
Bill Hussein O'Stalin October 30, 2012 at 05:43 PM
To the Democrats the public are ATM's waiting to be milked.
Adam R October 30, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Wow a lot of hate today. Our Governor is finished for higher service in the Fed Govt, his choking at the convention last month secured that deal. However you might want refocus your energy on the Election Tuesday since it is your local Govt. that dictates most of the spending in your counties and really affects your way of life far more than the State or Federal Government. Most of us don't pay attention to these people, if we even know who is running or in charge at all.
Steve October 30, 2012 at 06:16 PM
LOL The usual suspects almost seem mad that the Governor did such a great job. Compare and contrast his stellar performance during this storm to BGEhrlich's abysmal performance during Isabel......
Lorna D. Rudnikas October 30, 2012 at 06:47 PM
As a matter of fact, the work done by PEPCO, BGE and those who trimmed our trees this summer did help save us from a repeat result of the last big storm. So why not just send our thanks and gratitude for smart planning ahead. I know you may say that is what they get paid for...well there are many folks who get paid to do a job and sadly do very poor jobs indeed. A vote of thanks when a good job is done is not a bad thing.
TJ October 30, 2012 at 07:28 PM
There you go again Stevie, O'Malley is in BGE's pocket, get real. The rates went up under O'Malley.
John Clarke October 30, 2012 at 07:30 PM
After reading all the previous comments about our esteemed governor, I have decided to refrain from adding any comments of my own as anything that I could possibly say has already been said.
Honeygo Hal October 30, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Direct to us from the righties parallel universe...
Honeygo Hal October 30, 2012 at 07:45 PM
The rates ALWAYS go up.
Honeygo Hal October 30, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Typical of Republican management greedy for every dollar and unwilling to give people off.
1ke October 30, 2012 at 09:08 PM
You have a too vivid imagination, Mr. James. A spotty personal history, too, I'd wager.
Steve October 30, 2012 at 09:25 PM
It's not a "opinion". He is reporting on Public Testimony by people who were actually involved.
Corbin Dallas Multipass October 30, 2012 at 09:30 PM
I feel like there is something wrong with Patch's commenting, I can see people commenting on threads but every time I refresh it only shows me old entries.
TJ October 30, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Makes you wonder what excuse O'Malley will use in Jan to raise taxes again.
TJ October 30, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Fluffy Fifi, What did you expect Chris to say? He's worried about the storm, as he should be and nothing else right now. Your getting dumber everyday.
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TJ October 30, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Just to prove how stupid O'Malley is, if question 7 passes and PG County voters don't pass the new casino in their county, Marylanders will loose Millions in revenue because of the tax breaks O'Malley has promised in question 7. Oh, and O'Malley hated casinos as Mayor, but can't build them fast enough now. Talk about a flip-flop.
Phil Dirt October 30, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Did Marty deliver this comment in his Ted Kennedy New England accent or his down home Southern boy accent?
Greg G. October 31, 2012 at 12:36 AM
You people reach for straws and would vilify him if he came out with positive words.
MaryJane October 31, 2012 at 12:47 AM
noooooo not sure PEPCO gets any praise, PEPCO was on like public "probation" about to get locked away should it dare not show effort. I think what kept our power was our sheer luck in the northern direction Sandy took. A bit more South and it would be us on CNN's headlines. Still! A huge Thank you to all the workers out there who prepared us for every scenario whatever company you worked for.
Bart October 31, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Good luck to you
FIFA October 31, 2012 at 01:19 AM
CNN showing the impact on millions of people in the Northeast while Hannity of FOX wants to talk about the impact on the election? What a sick difference. Hannity in his bungalow while the residents are looking for a bunker. That is the difference between FOX and the rest of the human race.
TJ October 31, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Cause they don't have anything good to say about Obama, so they are sticking to the weather.
FIFA October 31, 2012 at 01:38 AM
You make my point, sadly.
Gunny October 31, 2012 at 01:45 AM
"...and he wants to be my President"
Ed Woods November 02, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Well folks, O'Malley said people would die as a result of this Storm. They did. 2 in Anne Arundel County that have been mentioned in the News. Also mentioned in the news were a couple of people who would have been dead if it wasn't for the Fire/Rescue Crews that went out in flood water to reach them AFTER THEY WERE STUPID ENOUGH TO DRIVE AROUND A ROADBLOCK AND INTO 3 FEET OF WATER. I'm no fan of the Governor, but this kind of behavior was what he was trying to prevent with his remarks......

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