Tuesday, October 30, 2012
"I feel like we’re really fortunate, we haven’t been hit that bad," said one Silver Spring resident.
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- Whitney Teal
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Silver Spring was back in business, but not necessarily back to work, Tuesday following the worst of Hurricane Sandy. At its peak, the storm knocked out power to 23,000 homes in Montgomery County, with a significant number of Silver Spring homes affected. Residents reflecting on the hurricane concluded that it could have been worse. “It really hasn’t been that bad,” said Peter Baran, of downtown Silver Spring. He and his wife Karen got the day off Tuesday. “Its been very rainy, very windy, but we haven’t seen much more than a couple branches down,” he continued. The Barans' power managed to stay on through the high winds, despite gusts that sometimes reached 70 mph in some parts of Silver Spring Monday night. “It flickered a couple of …
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett says the county was spared significant damage from Hurricane Sandy.
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett said the county was spared significant damage from Hurricane Sandy and the county's emergency operations and shelters would come to a close at 5 p.m. Tuesday. "News for us today is we're going back to normal operations," Leggett said from the Montgomery County Emergency Operations Center in Gaithersburg. "We fared very well compared to other locations." Approximately 10,000 Pepco customers remain without power, with numbers nearing 23,000 at the height of the storm. "Compared to previous events, that's significantly lower," Leggett said. The county executive praised Pepco for its proactive efforts in preparing for the storm. The utility service provider brought in a considerable amount of help, and …
Ten Montgomery County public schools remained without power as of 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30.
Montgomery County Public Schools and offices will open on time Wednesday, Oct. 31, according to a county schools statement. County schools and administrative offices were closed on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 29 and 30, due to Hurricane Sandy. "As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, there were 10 MCPS schools and buildings without power and only minor damage was reported to school facilities. MCPS is working to make sure all buildings are ready to open on time Wednesday morning," according to the statement. "If it becomes necessary to close individual schools due to power loss or storm-related damage, MCPS will communicate directly with those school communities, as well as through the media and emergency communication methods," the statement said.
There are 308,000 Maryland residents without power and there have been two storm-related deaths.
Editor's note: A death that the state originally attributed to Hurricane Sandy has been retracted and was not hurricane-related. Hurricane Sandy claimed the lives of two Maryland residents and 308,000 were still without power as of 11:15 a.m. Tuesday. A large tree fell on the home of a Pasadena man and killed him Monday night. The first storm-related death was in an automobile accident Monday morning in Montgomery County. State officials originally connected a third death in Prince George's County with the storm, but county officials are no longer linking the death to the storm. A man changing a tire beneath an SUV was killed when the jack slipped, officials said. Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Joshua …
Pepco "relieved" that storm did not generate as many outages as anticipated.
Hurricane Sandy left more than 10,200 Pepco customers in Montgomery County without power as of 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, according to Pepco's Storm Center website. In comparison, the derecho of June 29, 2012, left more than 17,000 people in Montgomery County without power for a week, Patch reported last summer. "Pepco is relieved that the storm did not generate as many outages as we had anticipated," Pepco spokesman Clay Anderson told Patch Tuesday. "In Montgomery County, we are looking at outages that are spread across the county, pretty widely dispersed," Anderson said. In particular, Pepco is working to clean up a number of trees that came down during the storm in Bethesda and Potomac, Anderson added. Estimated power restoration times …
Find out how to handle storm debris and what to do with it.
As Sandy moves out and the cleanup begins, the Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station in Rockville will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Montgomery County announced. There will be no county trash or recycling collection on Tuesday. County service will slide with service two days later than usual through the weekend: Click here for information about service for municipal residents. Click here for more information about storm debris collection. Click here to sign up for service updates from the county Division of Solid Waste Services.
NIneteen Silver Spring residents were displaced after a falling tree sheared off an apartment building's gas meter and caused a major gas leak.
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service responded to 371 calls from 5 p.m. Monday to 4 a.m. Tuesday, as Hurricane Sandy brought heavy rain and high winds to the region. Calls for assistance peaked between 8 - 10 p.m. Monday, when personnel responded to 156 calls, according to an MCFRS update. Around 9 p.m., rescue officials said they were handling an increase in requests for assistance with trees and wires down. "Naturally, with the wind we've had and the rain, this is to be expected," said assistant chief Scott Goldstein in a video update. Responders were called out 47 times between midnight and 4 a.m. MCFRS responded to three calls for water rescues from residents trapped in their cars, but all three were out and safe when units …
Monday, October 29, 2012
A tree fell on an apartment building in Silver Spring Monday night as Hurricane Sandy brought high winds to the county.
As Hurricane Sandy brough high winds to Montgomery County late Monday night, a tree collapsed on a Silver Spring apartment building and caused a major gas leak, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service wrote on its blog early Tuesday. The tree sheared off the building's gas meter, MCFRS reported via Twitter. Wires were also downed behind the home, located in the 20 block of Manchester Place in Silver Spring. Crews were able to shut off gas flow and the occupants were unharmed, according to MCFRS tweets. According to the blog, 14 adults and 5 children were displaced and no one was injured. A building inspector was being sent to assess damage to the home and officials were assisting the occupants with finding shelter.
Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey a couple of hours ago and Marylanders can expect heavy rain and strong winds for the next 12 hours.
The eye of Hurricane Sandy is making its way through the upper Chesapeake Bay and 280,000 Maryland residents are without power, Gov. Martin O’Malley said Monday night. The storm made landfall near Cape May, New Jersey, earlier Monday night, according to meteorologist Ken Wedelski of the National Weather Service. It is moving on a north/northwest course but is slowing down, moving at about 23 mph. About half of the citizens in Cecil and Harford counties are without power. Rain and strong winds will continue in the Baltimore-Washington corridor. Blizzard warnings are in effect for Western Maryland and tidal flooding is expected, Wedelski said at MEMA headquarters in Reisterstown during the governor’s 9:30 p.m. press conference. “The next 12 …
Hours before Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, waterways in Montgomery County began to fill.
Officials are expecting Potomac River to flood as a result of Hurricane Sandy, a powerful storm expected to pummel Maryland starting Monday evening. We're keeping an eye for flooding around the region, as well. Watch this video of the spillway at Route 29 and Northwest Branch, a tributary of the Anacostia River, filling with water as rain fell in Silver Spring, shot Monday afternoon by a Silver Spring Patch reader. Everything there is to know about Hurricane Sandy in Silver Spring and Burtonsville. Parts of Route 29 were temperarily closed Monday due to flooding, according to Twitter updates from Montgomery County Police. Have your own photos or video of flooding, high winds or other signs of Sandy? Upload them here. Sign up for …