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Hurricane Sandy delivers high winds and torrential rain
By Scott Dance, Mary Gail Hare and Erin Cox | The Baltimore Sun
5:40 p.m. EDT, October 29, 2012
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.
Mandatory travel restrictions will be imposed in Baltimore at 6 p.m. on Monday and stay in effect until noon on Tuesday, banning driving on city streets for everyone but emergency personnel. While city officials don’t plan to put up barricades, they warned that drivers could be pulled over by a police officer.
“Our number one priority during the storm period is public safety,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement. “We need folks to stay off the roads so that our first responders can focus 100 percent on real emergency incidents as they may occur. We are working closely with our hospitals and medical providers to ensure that their employees have safe routes to work.”
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.”
He said his blunt talk was designed to “truthfully identify this as a killer storm” so people stay off the roads and inside.