Hurricane Sandy: Tens of thousands already without power
Hurricane Sandy: Monday's Rare NYSE, Nasdaq Closing Likely To Last Through Tuesday
Hurricane Sandy delivers high winds and torrential rain
Storm destroys downtown pier in Ocean City
Hurricane Sandy sent powerful waves crashing onto the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland.
As Hurricane Sandy pounds the mid-Atlantic coast Monday, the Baltimore region is bracing for gale-force winds and flooding.
The area remains under a flood watch through Tuesday evening, with coastal flooding expected late Monday into Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Heavy rain, as much as six inches, and high winds, with gusts as much as 70 miles per hour, will occur throughout Monday afternoon and well into Tuesday, according to forecasters.
Gov. Martin O'Malley warned of the danger of the storm Monday. "There will be people who will die and are killed in this storm," the governor said while visiting the Maryland Emergency Management Agency. "Stay off the roads, hunker down with your families."
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Waves pound, winds whip, residents hunker down as Hurricane Sandy hits state
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Waves are pounding the shores and winds are whipping through the trees this morning as the effects of Hurricane Sandy slowly intensify in Massachusetts. With coastal flooding expected, officials warned people in several seaside communities to evacuate.
Residents are hunkering down at home, with schools, state and federal government offices, and many businesses closed. Roads are emptier than usual, and the state highway department urged truckers to “seek refuge at secure locations.” The MBTA also announced that it would discontinue all service at 2 p.m.
More than 17,000 electric customers across Eastern Massachusetts had lost power at about noon today. The latest National Grid power outage map shows more than 9,000 customers affected. NStar is reporting more than 6,200 customers without power. “We have close to a thousand crews working on storm restoration,” Caroline Pretyman, NStar spokeswoman, said in an e-mail. Unitil is reporting more than 1,000 customers are without power.
The state is at the outer edges of a “superstorm” that is expected to crash into the mid-Atlantic states later today. The storm, which had been steaming north through the ocean, has made a westward turn and is zeroing in on the coast, according to the National Weather Service.
As of 11 a.m. today, the storm was about 260 miles southeast of New York City, expected to make landfall near Cape May, N.J., at 11 p.m. Exactly where the landfill will happen is still uncertain, said weather service meteorologist Charlie Foley. “It’s kind of like a wait and see,” he said. “It has made its left turn, but where it makes landfall isn’t exactly definitive.”
Sandy is a Category 1 hurricane carrying 90-mile-per-hour winds. The storm is moving north-northwest at 18 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. Forecasters have urged the public not to underestimate its strength even hundreds of miles away from where it makes landfall.
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Romney Scraps Monday Night and Tuesday Campaigning
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is curtailing his campaign schedule as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the Eastern seaboard, canceling planned appearances Monday night and all day Tuesday.
Campaign officials say vice presidential running mate Paul Ryan will also scrap campaign rallies during the same time frame.
The decision was announced a short while after President Barack Obama canceled a planned rally in Florida to fly back to Washington, where aides said he would oversee the government's response to the threat posed by the storm.
Romney intends to go ahead with speeches today in Ohio and Iowa before he begins observing his self-imposed storm-related moratorium on campaigning.
The former Massachusetts governor and Obama are locked in a close race, eight days before Election Day.