As of 2:10 p.m. EDT, the number of confirmed deaths has risen to 30 in the U.S. while millions continue to struggle with flooding, fire and power outages as a result of Superstorm Sandy.
During Superstorm Sandy, Ocean City, Md. was one of the worst hit communities in the state. Sun photographer Karl Merton Ferron captured startling images from the seaside resort town. Emergency workers responded to 231 calls for help Monday and moved about 50 residents who had ignored a mandatory evacuation. About 100 feet of the Ocean City Fishing Pier was wiped out. Crews are assessing the damage today.
As of 11 p.m. EDT: Sandy made landfall in southern New Jersey around 8 p.m. and impacted communities all along the East Coast. Millions of people in the path of the 1,000-mile-wide storm are watching and waiting. More than 2.8 million are without electricity.
The storm’s powerful winds and rains were blamed for at least 65 deaths in several Caribbean countries, including 51 in Haiti.
After the Orioles’ victory on Friday night and the post-game fireworks show, my compatriots and I took refuge from the impending storm in a nearby establishment. We watched from inside as the trees blew sideways and the rain soaked the streets in the Ridgely’s Delight neighborhood. After making our way up the JFX onto Northern Parkway and then Falls Road, we saw fallen trees, branches and construction cones scattered through the streets, like a video game obstacle course. The damage caused by Derecho was hard to navigate in the absence of street lights as I weaved my car through the wooded and winding section of Cross Country Boulevard. There wasn’t much I could film that late and not knowing what kind of situation I could find myself in with fallen trees and broken power lines, I called it a night.
After about a 4-hour nap, I was back out at 6 a.m. with my camera at hand shooting photos and video. Here’s the scene from Mt. Washington, Roland Park, and Pikesville.