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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2013
A year ago, Hurricane Sandy was imminent, and now 12 months later, signs of recovery from the storm remain in Crisfield and Garrett County. In Crisfield, charity workers will on Monday dedicate the first two houses to be rebuilt since Sandy's winds and storm surge funneled floodwaters across the Eastern Shore town. Garrett County meanwhile is putting the finishing touches on a new emergency operations center that could help coordinate rescue efforts in future storms like Sandy, which dumped up to 3 feet of heavy, wet snow, cutting off power and stranding residents.
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Dan Rodricks | November 2, 2013
Donnie Oates, manager of two great parks in Western Maryland, will never forget Hurricane Sandy's ferocious arrival there. On the last two days of October 2012, the storm brought two feet of heavy snow, high winds, thunder and lightning through Garrett County. Epic stuff. Oates had never seen anything like it. From his house on Maple Glade Road, which leads to Swallow Falls State Park, Oates heard a forest in collapse — trees cracking and popping, trees being uprooted under the weight of the snow, trees hitting the ground and shaking the earth.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | October 14, 2013
Baltimore's stretch of rain from late last Wednesday night through early Sunday poured a deluge that came a quarter of an inch from matching Hurricane Sandy's rainfall total in the area. Sandy brought 6.67 inches of rain to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport from Oct. 28-30. (The rain was heavier on the Eastern Shore, however, where many areas saw as much as 12 inches, including the town of Bellevue, which saw 12.83 inches, more rain than anywhere else during the historic storm .)
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2013
Last month was the sixth-wettest October on record in Baltimore, with 7.62 inches of rain measured at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The bulk of it, 6.01 inches, fell over two days, the 10th and the 11th. It means that half of the six wettest Octobers on record have occurred within less than a decade, with 8.92 inches last year (largely from Hurricane Sandy) and 9.23 inches in 2005 as the top two. Rainfall has been above normal in seven out of the past 10 months of October at BWI. On average, 3.33 inches of rain falls over the month.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | November 17, 2012
Federal officials shut the government down as Hurricane Sandy crashed ashore late last month, but NOAA employee Holly Bamford remained hard at work. While heavy rain and wind lashed her Silver Spring office, the National Ocean Service manager oversaw a massive real-time operation to monitor storm damage in coastal waterways - from debris in the Port of New York to shifting beaches on the Delmarva Peninsula - from the comfort and safety of her Montgomery County home. The government's efforts to promote telecommuting - intended to trim costs, ease traffic congestion and improve worker satisfaction - are also boosting productivity during major storms.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2012
As the eye of Hurricane Sandy loomed a few hundred miles to the southeast and the monster storm churned toward the Mid-Atlantic coast, Marylanders braced for the arrival of a weather system with the potential to be the most damaging to hit the United States in 75 years. Heavy rains and some gale-force winds hit the region Sunday evening, and still heavier rains and hurricane-force gusts were expected to strike late Monday and Monday night. Forecasters said the storm, currently rated as a Category 1 hurricane, would likely cause flash flooding, widespread power outages and treacherous road conditions.
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By Jean Marbella and Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2012
With one day before Hurricane Sandy was expected to knock out power for much of the area, Marylanders like Rob Reichel spent Monday braving the wet and windy weather to ensure their families had what they needed to get through the storm. "We wanted to cook another nice dinner tonight while we still have power," said Reichel, 48, as he shopped at the Giant on York Road in Baltimore. He said he was motivated by the need for more milk and other provisions, along with "a little curiosity" about Sandy.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2013
Hurricane Sandy's rains caused 84 million gallons to run off into Maryland bodies of water, according to a report by research organization Climate Central. In New York and New Jersey, meanwhile, more than 5 billion gallons of sewage spills are estimated to have occurred. The District of Columbia also had more spillage than Maryland, with 475 million gallons from a single pumping station. Nearly half of Maryland's estimated total came from sewage overflows related to heavy precipitation.
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By Yvonne Wenger and Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | October 27, 2012
Voters looking to cast their ballots early found long lines Saturday across Maryland, as the opening of the presidential election met with the urgent preparation for the incoming Hurricane Sandy. Many complained on social media that they waited more than an hour and a half on the first day of early voting, as officials said initial turnout appeared to be far higher than in the last statewide election. Some residents said they wanted to vote as soon as possible so they wouldn't have to worry about it during the storm, expected to start hitting Maryland late Sunday.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | October 27, 2012
My biggest fear: How will I charge my phone? After its battery dies, how will I keep up on #Frankenstorm and #sandy on Twitter? How will I get the latest strike probability model? How will I know what's afoot on Foot's Forecast? This is the kind of in-the-dark that I fear: an information blackout. By now, I'm good on batteries for my flashlights. I have the water jugs from last year's Irene preparations, so I'll refill them. With all the Halloween candy I've stocked up on, I won't starve.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2013
A year ago, Hurricane Sandy was imminent, and now 12 months later, signs of recovery from the storm remain in Crisfield and Garrett County. In Crisfield, charity workers will on Monday dedicate the first two houses to be rebuilt since Sandy's winds and storm surge funneled floodwaters across the Eastern Shore town. Garrett County meanwhile is putting the finishing touches on a new emergency operations center that could help coordinate rescue efforts in future storms like Sandy, which dumped up to 3 feet of heavy, wet snow, cutting off power and stranding residents.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2013
Hurricane Sandy blew the waters of the Little Annemessex River into living rooms across the Somerset County town of Crisfield one year ago, displacing hundreds of families, some still homeless a year later. Their numbers began to shrink Monday when charity workers dedicated the first two houses to be rebuilt since the storm. Many others have been repaired. Across the state, thousands in Garrett County endured days without electricity after Sandy dumped more than two feet of unusually wet, heavy snow, and emergency officials managed rescue efforts from a courthouse basement with a slow Internet connection.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | October 14, 2013
Baltimore's stretch of rain from late last Wednesday night through early Sunday poured a deluge that came a quarter of an inch from matching Hurricane Sandy's rainfall total in the area. Sandy brought 6.67 inches of rain to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport from Oct. 28-30. (The rain was heavier on the Eastern Shore, however, where many areas saw as much as 12 inches, including the town of Bellevue, which saw 12.83 inches, more rain than anywhere else during the historic storm .)
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2013
Somerset County officials are calling on Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration to revise an application for $8.6 million in federal aid, saying it will render many families hurt by the remnants of Hurricane Sandy ineligible for money to rebuild. The county, hit hard by flooding from the superstorm in October, would be forced to spend the federal disaster relief only on lower-income families — defined at less than $48,000 for a household of two. That would exclude nearly half the county's homeowners, local officials said.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2013
Just a few days into the hurricane season, Tropical Storm Andrea is forecast to deluge Maryland and much of the Atlantic coast Friday, prompting flash flood warnings across the Baltimore region. The storm was not expected to pack anything close to the intensity of Hurricane Sandy seven months earlier, but threatened to inundate low-lying areas, rivers and streams. It brought tornadoes to Florida on Thursday and was expected to dump nearly a foot of rain in some areas of the Southeast.
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By Karen Nitkin, For The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2013
One of the joys of the beach is its consistency. The tide rises and falls without fail, the sun casts a glow over the water every morning and every night. But Ocean City , for all its constants, continually delivers fresh adventures. We've put together a calendar of something fun to do in Ocean City nearly every day, from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. Many, but not all, are free, and most are suitable for the entire family. MAY May 23: Check out the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum . From May 21 through June 22, as a thank-you for their service, admission is free for police, firefighters, EMTs, active duty service members, veterans, and members of the Armed Forces.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2013
Somerset County officials are calling on Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration to revise an application for $8.6 million in federal aid, saying it will render many families hurt by the remnants of Hurricane Sandy ineligible for money to rebuild. The county, hit hard by flooding from the superstorm in October, would be forced to spend the federal disaster relief only on lower-income families — defined at less than $48,000 for a household of two. That would exclude nearly half the county's homeowners, local officials said.
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Dan Rodricks | November 2, 2013
Donnie Oates, manager of two great parks in Western Maryland, will never forget Hurricane Sandy's ferocious arrival there. On the last two days of October 2012, the storm brought two feet of heavy snow, high winds, thunder and lightning through Garrett County. Epic stuff. Oates had never seen anything like it. From his house on Maple Glade Road, which leads to Swallow Falls State Park, Oates heard a forest in collapse — trees cracking and popping, trees being uprooted under the weight of the snow, trees hitting the ground and shaking the earth.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2013
AccuWeather.com is predicting another active Atlantic hurricane season, particularly for the U.S. coastline. While the Pennsylvania-based meteorology company is calling for fewer storms in all, with 16 tropical storms versus 19 in 2012, AccuWeather's season outlook suggests four storms could become major hurricanes, compared with one in 2012. AccuWeather expects three storms to make landfall in the U.S., compared with four in 2012. "After a devastating blow to the East from Superstorm Sandy in October of 2012, residents and homeowners on the Atlantic coast should anticipate another active season in 2013," the forecast warns.
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May 2, 2013
Your view of the Bush presidency made for a nicely biased editorial ("Misoverestimating Bush," April 28). Now let's have its counterpart - "Misoverestimating Obama. " President Barack Obama has added $6 trillion to the debt with almost no results. We are still in a recession, according to many economists. Mr. Obama led a war from behind in Libya without congressional approval. He was late to get involved in the BP fiasco. The results of Hurricane Sandy are a match for Katrina.
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