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By Scott Dance | July 2, 2012
Storm reports amateur and official weather watchers made to the National Weather Service show just how widespread and severe winds were in Friday's derecho storm, with gusts upward of 60 mph across the region. Some gusts reported included: 66 mph at 11:02 p.m. at BWI Marshall Airport; 61 mph at 11:15 p.m. near Edgewater Beach; 58 mph at 11:16 p.m. near Eastport; 67 mph at 11:24 p.m. in the Inner Harbor; 58 mph at 11:36 p.m. at Martin State Airport in Middle River; 61 mph at 12:12 a.m. at Smith Island on the Eastern Shore;  Reports of downed trees were even more widespread.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2014
Andrew Baker Jr. and Angel Chiwengo were holding hands and listening to soft music on the radio as he drove her home from the Pikesville Doubletree Hilton where they worked. As they headed east on Northern Parkway and passed through the York Road intersection, a Honda Accord fleeing police blasted through a red light - at more than 100 mph - and smashed into his Jeep. Chiwengo, 46, and the two people inside the Accord died. Somehow, Baker, 54, survived. But with the anniversary of the Sept.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2013
The state will be raising the speed limit from 55 mph to 60 mph next month on the Intercounty Connector, Maryland's first all-electronic toll road. The decision Monday by the Maryland Transportation Authority came after more than six months of study of engineering data and the 20 single-vehicle crashes that occurred in the highway's first year of operation. It also renders moot a bill filed last month by two Montgomery County lawmakers to increase the speed. State officials estimate the higher speed will shave 90 seconds off a trip from Interstate 270 in Gaithersburg to Interstate 95 in Laurel.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2014
A severe thunderstorm could bring wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour and quarter-sized hail this afternoon in the Baltimore area, the National Weather Service warned. The thunderstorm was moving east from Cockeysville and was expected to hit areas including Baltimore, Timonium and Bel Air. The NWS issued a severe thunderstorm warning at 1:20 p.m. that will expire at 2:15 p.m.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2014
A severe thunderstorm could bring wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour and quarter-sized hail this afternoon in the Baltimore area, the National Weather Service warned. The thunderstorm was moving east from Cockeysville and was expected to hit areas including Baltimore, Timonium and Bel Air. The NWS issued a severe thunderstorm warning at 1:20 p.m. that will expire at 2:15 p.m.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2013
Emergency legislation to raise the speed limit on the Intercounty Connector from 55 mph to 60 mph has been filed by two Montgomery County state senators. Democrats Jennie Forehand and Nancy King want the speed increased on the 18.8-mile toll road between Interstate 270 in Gaithersburg and Interstate 95 and U.S. 1 in Laurel to take effect immediately because it is "necessary for the immediate preservation of the public health or safety. " The majority of the road opened in November 2011, and almost immediately critics demanded a speed hike.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2013
Speed-limit signs on the Intercounty Connector will be changed from 55 mph to 60 mph at the end of the week, the Maryland Transportation Authority announced Wednesday. The 18.8-mile, all-electronic toll road connects Interstate 270 in Gaithersburg to I-95 in Laurel. Weather permitting, westbound signs will be changed on Friday followed by eastbound signs on Saturday. In addition, warning signs will be added for curves. Motorists and state lawmakers have complained since the $2.56 billion highway opened in 2011 that the speed was set too low. The higher limit will shave about 90 seconds on a full-length drive, MdTA officials said.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2012
When one of Orioles right-hander Tommy Hunter's fastballs hit 101 mph on the stadium radar gun in the 11th inning of the O's 9-6 extra-inning win Saturday, it raised some eyebrows in the dugout. “If that gun's right, he may have found a home," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said after the 12-inning win. Hunter said Sunday that he's reached the high 90s as a starter, but his 1-2-3 inning Saturday was a little different. According to the stadium radar gun, he threw a 101-mph fastball to Dustin Pedroia on an 0-2 count.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2012
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for central Baltimore County and the northern part of the city. The storm could produce quarter-sized hail, as well as winds exceeding 60 mph, according to the National Weather Service. The warning is in effect through 7:45 p.m. Locations under the warning include: Pikesville; Fallstaff; Cockeysville; Roland Park; Timonium; Towson; Homeland; Morgan State University; Woodring; and Parkville. alisonk@baltsun.com twitter.com/aliknez
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2013
The Baltimore area could see some snow showers Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. The NWS is predicting scattered snow showers, mainly between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m, according to its early Sunday morning forecast. Sunday's forecast calls for a high near 38 with winds out of the northwest moving between 14 and 22 mph. Wind gusts could climb as high as 36 mph. Sunday has a 23 percent chance of precipitation. If snow does come, it will be less than a half inch, the NWS said.
SPORTS
By Jon Meoli | April 16, 2014
SALISBURY -- Hunter Harvey, the Orioles' 2013 first-round pick, and Washington Nationals top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito matched heat Wednesday night to start the first half of a frigid doubleheader at Perdue Stadium. Harvey struck out seven in six innings of one-hit, shutout ball for the Delmarva Shorebirds, who pushed across the game's only run in the bottom of the 15th for a 1-0 win over the Hagerstown Suns. Because of the length of the first game, the second half of the doubleheader was canceled.
NEWS
March 7, 2014
One is the number that ought to be memorized by everyone caring about traffic safety in Maryland ( "Sixty-five (still) saves lives," March 4). Rural interstates accounted for one of Maryland's 485 traffic deaths in 2011, and one of 505 deaths in 2012. Frenzy about rural interstate speed limits demonstrates either tragic ignorance or heartless political pandering. Simple physics explains why interstates have remarkable safety records. Interstates vastly reduce the common causes of crashes, such as crossover conflicts at intersections, head-on collisions with adjacent, opposing traffic and roadside hazards like trees, telephone poles, sharp curves and sheer drop-offs.
NEWS
March 3, 2014
Here's a number that ought to be memorized by every elected official in the state of Maryland: 485. That's how many people died in traffic collisions in 2011 in this state (the most recent year for which such statistics are available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). That's the equivalent of about 10 full motor coaches. Yet the number that's being discussed these days in the General Assembly is 70. That's how fast, in miles per hour, some believe motorists should be allowed to drive on certain state highways, and under the circumstances, it's more than a little surprising that raising the speed limit is even on the legislative agenda.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2014
The House unanimously passed a bill Thursday that would allow the State Highway Administration or the Maryland Transportation Authority to raise the maximum speed on expressways and interstate highways to 70 mph. The legislation, which now goes to the Senate, would not require either agency to raise speed limits. The current maximum is 65 mph. The bill would apply to parts of the federal interstate highway system and limited-access highways such as the Intercounty Connector. David Buck, spokesman for the highway administration, said parts of such roads as Route 32 and Route 100 are also classified as expressways and would be eligible, but noted that the agency has set their speed limits below 65 mph. Any changes to current speed limits would be made only after traffic studies showed the roads could handle higher speeds safely, according to the agency.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2014
Winds were gusting and temperatures were falling Monday afternoon as a front moves through carrying the coldest air to hit the region in nearly 20 years. The day's high came in the morning hours, with Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport reaching 45 degrees around 8-9 a.m. Blustery winds started by 10 a.m., with 20 mph breezes and gusts upward of 30 mph. Temperatures fell to 38 degrees by noon. Wind chills were expected to reach around freezing by midday and the single digits by the night.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2013
The driver of a vehicle that crashed outside City Hall and killed a city worker was traveling up to 115 mph before he entered downtown streets followed by a state trooper, according to a police report that for the first time details the investigation into the April crash. Johnny Johnson's car crashed through a light pole, hit 45-year-old finance employee Matthew Hersl and broke a tree before overturning, the report said. Police found heroin rocks, a burnt spoon, a smoking pipe and a syringe inside the vehicle.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2010
At 25 mph, the Subaru driver managed to stop for "Bobby" — a dummy about the size of a 10-year-old boy — with about 10 feet to spare. At 40 mph, it smashed into Bobby with a sickening thud and enough impact to lift him out of his tennis shoes. The simulated encounter between vehicle and pedestrian was part of an announcement Thursday by regional law enforcement and highway safety officials of a plan to crack down on aggressive driving — with a special emphasis on speeding and pedestrian safety.
FEATURES
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2010
Have you ever driven 40 mph or more on a street posted at 25 mph? I have – though I have attempted to restrain myself in recent years – and I suspect most Maryland motorists have done so at one time or another. Like many of us, I've been lucky too in that I've never been caught speeding except on a major highway. But a demonstration this week of how even what most of us consider minor increases in speed affect the ability to stop for a pedestrian brought home the reality of how dangerous it is to flout the posted limits.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
Temperatures in the 50s to lower 60s and cloudy skies are forecast in the Baltimore area Friday, with a chance of showers arriving late. Early morning lows were forecast in the mid- to upper 40s. Afternoon highs could reach the lower 60s. A chance of showers arrives in the afternoon, along with gusty winds. About a 40 percent chance of rain is expected in the late afternoon and through the night, with 10-20 mph breezes and gusts up to 30 mph. Rain is expected to clear out by early Saturday, but windy conditions are forecast to remain and usher in frigid weather.
TRAVEL
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2013
If you're driving Coastal Highway south of the Route 90 bridge, now is the time to slow down. Ocean City officials have lowered the speed limit on a stretch of highway from 58th Street to 32nd Street from 40 mph to 35 mph. The change, recommended by the town's pedestrian safety committee, went into effect Nov. 1. The section of Coastal Highway south of 32nd Street is already limited to 35 mph. The speed limit north of 58th Street will remain...
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