O’Malley: ‘This is a Serious, Killer Storm’

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 Maryland Emergency Management Agency’s emergency operations center (EOC) in Reisterstown. “We are at our highest state of readiness, our highest state of preparedness.”

In addition to keeping in touch with utility companies, the state has more than 450 National Guard members mobilized that are ready to assist with humvees, utility vehicles and other assets like generators, O’Malley said. The storm will last several days, he said, and utility workers will have to wait until the storm has passed in order for them to safely restore power.

The state has 23 of its 24 EOCs operational, and shelters have opened in Worcester County. Ocean City and low-lying coastal areas on the Eastern shore are being evacuated.

“This storm is a killer storm,” O'Malley said. “Hurricane Sandy has already killed a great number of people in the Caribbean and will likely take more lives as she makes landfall.”

The duration of the storm and how severe it will be when it touches down on East Coast is still unknown.

“The winds will be varied and severe,” O’Malley said. “It will cover a very wide swath and breadth and because of that severity and because of that duration, we’re not sure how long the storm will park over the Mid-Atlantic.”

Non-essential state employees have been placed on liberal leave, O’Malley said.

All Maryland State Park campgrounds and day-use areas will be closed by Sunday evening, and remain closed until the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 31, according to a Maryland Department of Natural Resources press release. Closures will be modified on a case-by-case basis.

Early voting Monday is cancelled and will likely be rescheduled for Friday, said O'Malley

Early voting will take place Sunday, and Marylanders in line by 6 p.m. will get to vote, O’Malley said.

Steve October 28, 2012 at 07:15 PM
"Owe Malley" Wow! What rapier like wit!
FIFA October 28, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Sheppard Pratt for Laurel boy has a room for you.
Jim Briggs October 28, 2012 at 07:19 PM
WBALTV website now says, http://www.wbaltv.com/weather/closings, Harford schools are closed Monday. Code Green for employees.
Marc Shapiro (Editor) October 28, 2012 at 07:20 PM
No info about shelters in AA County yet. I imagine the shelter situation will be updated at the 7 p.m. press conference.
FIFA October 28, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Looks like hospitals better gear up too. July 2013 that is. Baby boom coming. No power, no lights, for a few days, etc.
JmKrej October 28, 2012 at 07:35 PM
So they've canceled early voting, a state of emergency is in effect for Baltimore City, schools are closed, and only essential employees are reporting for work tomorrow. Does this mean I don't have jury duty? The website for the city courts is not saying... (And holy cow, Mr. Logical, good point.)
Mel October 28, 2012 at 07:52 PM
MontGomery county schools closed Monday and Tuesday.
Skip727 October 28, 2012 at 07:53 PM
So our great governor calls this storm a killer yet will not close state offices. smh!!!
Sam Battle October 28, 2012 at 08:06 PM
PerryHallParent October 28, 2012 at 08:13 PM
What's now amusing is that you are now posting the same type of thing in response to his spamming. LOL
Honeygo Hal October 28, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Tell us how you REALLY feel...
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How tacky Belair Eng. is.....
Sam Battle October 28, 2012 at 08:47 PM
PERRYHALLPARENT ??? DO U HAVE A LIFE ?? Really do you ?? are r u just a stalker on the net looking for attention >> ?? :>(
Nick DiMarco (Editor) October 28, 2012 at 08:58 PM
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FIFA October 28, 2012 at 09:06 PM
She's a nasty mean stalker and she be looking for you soon too. ;-))
Edward Chalgren October 28, 2012 at 09:35 PM
AACPS are closed on Monday, 29 October 2012 according to their FB page. ***Does anyone know if trash/recycle will be picked up?***
Steve C October 28, 2012 at 11:27 PM
I guess this means the completion of Central Ave / Muddy Creek Road project will be delayed until may of 2014!
jaytheaudilover October 29, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Looks like sports zone is goning to sell out in canoes.
Malibu Gilkerson October 29, 2012 at 06:02 AM
No trash or recycle pick up on Monday in Anne Arundel County. Sorry my answer is so late, but I heard it on the late news. Better late than never I guess! ;-)
aSQM October 29, 2012 at 10:09 AM
Honeygo Hal October 29, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Just an observation - This is a serious issue. Think y'all could keep this thread clear and concise for those that need it? There will be plenty of time and plenty of threads to bash the folks you hate after we are past this. As if...
Stephen Gewirtz October 29, 2012 at 12:41 PM
As of 8:30 this morning (when you should already be there for jury duty), the website for the Baltimore City Circuit Court says nothing about a closing. But according to the WBAL-TV website, and according to what both WBAL and WJZ showed last night, the Circuit Court is closed today. And frankly, with public transportation shut down, there is no way they could legitimately expect you to show up for jury duty. Note too that state government is shut down except for essential personnel, and state government includes the Circuit Court.
Edie McGee October 29, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Calm down, everyone. Really, arguing about this stuff is just brainless. Those of you who are bashing O'Malley and Obama have short memories. Remember Katrina? Remember the same nasty comments about Bush? Grow up, folks.
Edie McGee October 29, 2012 at 01:35 PM
In AA, it's Annapolis High School on Riva Road.
jj October 29, 2012 at 03:06 PM
is it going to hit bowie alot
Jenni Pompi (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 03:36 PM
The city of Bowie is braced for the storm and residents are encouraged to be prepared to be without power for several days. High winds and rain are expected.
cynthia October 29, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Bill, great comment about the second Al Gore. A short while ago in the the gov's latest briefing, he managed to toot obarry's horn for him,as well as criticize the last adminstration's handling of certain weather conditions. You know the left's motto, "never let a good crisis go to waste". Always, in campaign mode.
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