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Storm Death Toll Hits 8

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 , 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 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 dangerous part of this emergency,” O’Malley said at a Tuesday morning news conference at MEMA headquarters in Reisterstown.

Power has been restored to approximately 75 percent of those who lost power, with 271,000 Maryland residents without power compared to , O’Malley said.

The number of crews working to restore power statewide since Monday afternoon has doubled to approximately 2,000 crews. There are 8,000 workers involved in power restoration efforts.

O’Malley said that as power gets restored, people should not assume that BGE and Pepco are aware of every area that doesn’t have power. He urged citizens to call Pepco at 877-737-2662 and BGE at 877-778-2222 to report remaining outages.

Dave A. July 05, 2012 at 03:17 AM
While I am no meteorologist, I can say that the weather pattern has changed over the past 50 years or so. As a child 40 plus years ago we never had 80 degree days in late October. WE also didn't have days of freeze warnings in mid may. Heck in 50 more years we can celebrate Christmas, on the Beach in Ocean City (provided it hasn't washed away) in shorts and tank tops in 80 degree weather! We also never had so many Tornado sightings as we do now (granted there are more technological ways of looking at the weather these days) I can only remember a few times that we had such wind damage in our state and it was generally related to Hurricaine's or Tropical Storms... Like I said, not scientific but it has changed. As for preperation, I agree whole heartedly. People today want to place the blame on government and big buisness, rather then accepting the facts that what happened the other night was a rare and devastating event. I am no friend of BGE nor of our current government be it state or federal!
Hans-Adam III, Prince of Liechtenstein July 05, 2012 at 11:16 AM
FIFA - You can blindly believe that anthropomorphic climate change is a somehow real. Except you can't prove it.
FIFA July 05, 2012 at 11:21 AM
HA3pL - the only industrialized country in the world where any "dispute" exists is here in the US and it is only politicians and corporations making those claims. Any reputable science organization disagrees with you. And your doctorate is in..........? I forgot, you are a prince (small "p").
Hans-Adam III, Prince of Liechtenstein July 05, 2012 at 11:29 AM
@Dave You don't need to be a meteorologist but if you were a climatologist it might help? The earth is in a continual state of climate change and has been for millions of years. And for most of those millions of years man didn't exist, but climate change occurred. The biggest lie of the man-made climate change crowd is that man can control the world's climate. Man has no ability to change climate as much as it has no ability to change the rotation of the planet. The climate change crowd does however believe that through taxation and the elimination of all fossil fuels (except those required to make Holy Electricity) we can save Mother Earth.
Hans-Adam III, Prince of Liechtenstein July 05, 2012 at 11:32 AM
@FIFA The science is far from settled on man-made climate change, so again I say to you prove it instead of blindly believing it's so.
FIFA July 05, 2012 at 02:00 PM
HA3pL - as Frank said, 97% is a big number. The right wing talking point (theorized by such luminaries as the Koch Brothers, "Big Oil") is nutty. But it does prove one thing, propaganda works. Spend enough money on something and you can get people to believe our President was born in Kenya. A large portion of our population is not ignorant, just stupid.
Brook Hubbard July 05, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Ignoring the usual garbage spewing from the climate change debate... Everyone should be prepared. This concept that we should be able to rely on the power companies and the government is naivety and ignorance. Although these organizations are supposed to be there to help society, in the end the only person you can 100% trust is yourself. Don't necessarily rail against them, but don't rely solely on them either. Worse are those who state that they cannot afford to be prepared. Do you think the poor had to "afford" to be prepared pre-WW2 or earlier? What do you think they did when it was sweltering hot or freezing cold? I am sick of driving through places like East Baltimore and seeing run-down houses with DirectTV dishes and brand new SUVs parked out front.... then hearing about how poor people are. If you're having problems affording canned food, then stop eating out. If you can't save up for a generator, then cancel your cable subscription for 6 months. If you can't afford gas for said generator, then take the bus or sell your gas-guzzling vehicle for something more efficient. Don't blame others or your situation for your unpreparedness; look to yourself to see what you can "sacrifice" for your own good.
Hans-Adam III, Prince of Liechtenstein July 05, 2012 at 02:16 PM
@Frank and FIFA "97% of the world’s climate scientists” accept the consensus, articles in the Washington Post and elsewhere have begun to claim ... The number stems from a 2009 online survey of 10,257 earth scientists, conducted by two researchers at the University of Illinois. The survey results must have deeply disappointed the researchers – in the end, they chose to highlight the views of a subgroup of just 77 scientists, 75 of whom thought humans contributed to climate change. The ratio 75/77 produces the 97% figure that pundits now tout." Lawrence Solomon: 75 climate scientists think humans contribute to global warming http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2010/12/30/lawrence-solomon-75-climate-scientists-think-humans-contribute-to-global-warming/#ixzz19g02SUhj
FIFA July 05, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I just guess we each have our own set of facts. End of this story.
Hans-Adam III, Prince of Liechtenstein July 05, 2012 at 07:17 PM
@FIFA You haven't presented any evidence at all proving man-made climate change is worth worrying about.
Dave A. July 05, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Hans, Forgive me for my illiterate posting as to meteorology and climatology. My point was made valid by you and I really don't know why it is changing, but AS YOU stated it is changing, and has been for millions of years! So drop the holier then thou attitude as you just proved my point!
mcgillicuddy July 05, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Yep. It seems many people nowadays think they should only buy the 'I want' items and then wait for the government to supply the 'I need' items.
Hans-Adam III, Prince of Liechtenstein July 05, 2012 at 10:17 PM
@Dave Man-made climate change is not a proven threat to the planet.
Paul Amirault July 05, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Cigarettes are good for you too.
Hans-Adam III, Prince of Liechtenstein July 06, 2012 at 02:32 AM
@Paul Amirault 97% of climatologists believe smoking cigarettes and the production of baby formula both contribute to climate change.
Dave A. July 06, 2012 at 04:57 PM
I never said anything that indicated it was man made. I just said it was changing, period. Stop putting words in other peoples mouths to try and look like you are a rocket scientist...
Adam Thomas July 07, 2012 at 01:45 PM
The food you had to throw out is covered by homeowners insurance or renters insurance. File a claim and stop crying.
Paul Amirault July 07, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Arguing with people who do not believe in global climate change and human's contribution to such is like trying to convince a Birther that the President was born in the USA. Not wasting my time.
Theresa Defino July 07, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Yes, it absolutely has. There is no debate about this except by people who CHOOSE to remain purposely ignorant. I have been disappointed that climate change has left the public agenda and that no legislation has yet passed Congress. Please vote for candidates who believe in science and will try to save this planet for our children and their children's children...
Bart July 07, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Climate change - whether you think it is man-made or not - is not a threat to the planet. The planet will adapt. With or without us. And, yes, there have been swings in the temperature of the earth in the past. But those swings took eons, not merely years.
Nick July 07, 2012 at 02:43 PM
It's funny how hard it is for some people to accept the fact that both sides of this argument hold validity. While it is asinine to think that we are solely responsible for the changing climate, it is equally asinine to think we have no impact. Of course our actions have consequences and very complex effects on our ecosystem. Perhaps not to the degree to which the fear-mongering green machine would have you believe, but our decisions definitely play a part.
Nick July 07, 2012 at 02:48 PM
"And, yes, there have been swings in the temperature of the earth in the past. But those swings took eons, not merely years." This is conjecture. The scientific community has long debated the speed at which our environment changed and the triggers that affected it. At best you could say that some believe this to be true, but just as many people think that ancient ecosystems underwent periods of rapid change as well as longer more cyclical changes.
FIFA July 07, 2012 at 03:06 PM
I say let's roll the dice baby, let's get the party going and heat up the house. So what if we are wrong and we are cooking ourselves, it'll be someone else's problem. If we ruin the planet, it will adjust, just without us. Nick, Happy Pollyanna to you and your ridiculous beliefs. The huge majority of scientists say you are wrong, the minority sponsored by oil companies agree with you.
Other Tim July 07, 2012 at 03:43 PM
"Storm Death Toll Hits 8" 38 comments so far and not one about the story topic. Amazing.
jag July 07, 2012 at 04:18 PM
There's seriously still someone in the world who doesn't understand the greenhouse effect? Home schooled or something?
Hans-Adam III, Prince of Liechtenstein July 07, 2012 at 04:25 PM
@jag So man-made climate change is settled science? If it is settled and man were hypothetically cease to exist the earth's climate would normalize...what would it normalize to?
Hans-Adam III, Prince of Liechtenstein July 07, 2012 at 04:31 PM
@Nick writes "This is conjecture. The scientific community has long debated the speed at which our environment changed and the triggers that affected it. At best you could say that some believe this to be true, but just as many people think that ancient ecosystems underwent periods of rapid change as well as longer more cyclical changes." Yes your comments certainly explain the global freeze and imminent ice age predictions during the 1970s.
MDBronco July 07, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Thanks Other Tim, people always seem to miss the point. I am sure the family of the 8 could care less about the climate, just the result of the current situation that caused the loss.
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