Sandy damage in D.C., Virginia, Maryland
Updated: October 30, 2012 - 11:50 pm
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The massive storm that started out as Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast and morphed into a huge and problematic system, putting more than 7.3 million homes and businesses in the dark and causing at least 16 deaths.
The Washington region has already seen the worst of superstorm Sandy, forecasters say. On Tuesday, heavy rain will continue throughout the morning, but it will taper off in the afternoon, making way for cooler temperatures. Check out the latest weather forecast.
Virginia emergency officials are blaming two traffic-related deaths on superstorm Sandy.
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management said Tuesday that the medical examiner's office had confirmed that two traffic fatalities were caused by the storm.
Police say 52-year-old Keith D. Fordham and 51-year-old Michael T. Overton of Richmond were killed early Tuesday when a vehicle driven by Fordham crashed into a light pole in the city. Richmond police said speed, rain and wet pavement were factors in the accident.
"Virginia received quite a wallop over the last 36 hours with significant wind and rain," Gov. Bob McDonnell said in an interview.
He urged residents without power to be patient as Virginia utility companies, bolstered by 2,600 workers brought in from out of state, work to restore service.
Maryland's health secretary says a third potential storm-related fatality has been reported. Prince George's County Police, however, say the death is not attributed to the storm.
Joshua Sharfstein said the death of an adult male in a car accident happened Tuesday morning in Prince George's County.
While Sharfstein says there is good reason to believe the death was related to superstorm Sandy, it is under investigation by the state's chief medical examiner.
Prince George's County, however, says the man died when a vehicle jack shifted and a van fell on him.
A man also died Monday after a tree fell on his Pasadena home.
Neighbor John Brown identified the victim as Donald Cannata Sr. Property records show Cannata was the owner of the one-story brick ranch-style house.
A woman also died in a car accident in Germantown on Monday. Sharfstein says that accident also is believed to be storm-related.
Metro is restoring rail and bus services at 2 p.m. on Tuesday to a Sunday schedule; Federal offices closed.
Maryland State government is closed except for essential staff.
Amtrak suspended train service across the Northeast on Tuesday.
MARC, VRE has also canceled service for Tuesday.
The Potomac River spilled from its banks and caused minor flooding in Old Town Alexandria.
The city frequently experiences coastal flooding after heavy storms, and Hurricane Sandy was no exception. Tuesday morning's high tide brought floodwaters up onto King Street, putting the road under water on its easternmost block.
Most businesses were open Tuesday, and the waters drew a fair number of curiosity seekers.
City spokesman Tony Castrilli said the high tides on Thursday are expected to be the most challenging, as rainwater from the Potomac basin makes its way down river.
Still, while the city continues to make preparations and distribute sandbags, Castrilli said experts do not foresee major flooding problems in Old Town.
Here's a list of storm-related incidents that occurred in the D.C. region:
- Per D.C. Fire, two people were injured in an apartment fire in the 2900 block of Nelson Place in Southeast.
- Tree onto a house in the 3300 block of Crawford Place SE.
- Tree on multiple homes in the 2400 block of Good Hope Road SE.
- Flooding on Beach Drive in Northwest.
- A falling tree killed a man in Pasadena.
- Three people are hospitalized after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning apparently due to a generator running side of a Laurel home.
- Fourteen adults and five children are displaced after a tree fell onto an apartment building in the 20 block of Manchester Place in Montgomery County, prompting a gas leak. No injuries were reported.
-Tree onto an apartment complex, located at East Wayne Avenue and Manchester Place in Silver Spring.
- Utility crews are repairing a large power pole on Grosvenor Lane between Southport Drive and Cheshire Drive in Bethesda.
- Route 29 is closed at Lockwood Drive, just north of Four Corners, due to flooding.
- Crews conducted three water rescues in Montgomery County.
- Tree onto home in the 1300 block of Vernon Street in Arlington.
- The City of Alexandria is reporting 3 buildings with roofs partially torn off by wind. One is a residential, garden-style apartment building and now condemned as a result. Twenty of its residents evacuated/relocated. Approximately 10 homes in the city have tree damage.
Here's a snapshot of what is happening, state by state.
WASHINGTON, D.C. Federal and local governments will remain closed Tuesday along with the courts, public schools and the Metro system that serves 1.2 million weekday customers. Widespread cancellations are expected at the region's three major airports.
MARYLAND Floodwaters swamped touristy Ocean City. In western Maryland, snow tied up traffic. Ocean City has already begun to assess the damage throughout town to determine the effects of Hurricane Sandy in the area. Flooding in the downtown area resulted in the closure of the Route 50 bridge, which has remained closed since Saturday.
The United States Coast Guard has restricted all access to the bay, with the exception of emergency and rescue boats. Initial reports of damage indicate severe loss of the Ocean City Fishing Pier and an impaired light pole which fell, temporarily blocking the entrance to the Public Work Department.
Since Monday, Ocean City emergency personnel responded to 231 calls for service and relocated approximately 49 citizens during the storm, officials said.
VIRGINIA At least 15 counties are under a blizzard warning. A woman was killed in a traffic crash.
WEST VIRGINIA At least 15 counties are under a blizzard warning. A woman was killed in a traffic crash.
CAROLINAS North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue expanded a state of emergency to western North Carolina, which could see a foot of snow. A woman who was pulled from the Atlantic after abandoning a tall ship died.
CONNECTICUT The Long Island Sound flooded roads as the storm toppled trees and power lines Two people died, including an Easton firefighter who was killed when a tree fell on his truck.
DELAWARE Nearly all residents of flood-prone coastal communities in Kent County heeded calls to evacuate. The Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach resort communities were flooded.
ILLINOIS High wind warnings and a lakeshore flood warning are in effect Tuesday and Wednesday in Chicago. City officials say Lake Shore Drive is expected to remain open.
KENTUCKY A winter storm warning is in effect for three southeastern counties until Wednesday. In some areas, winds could gust up to 50 mph through Tuesday.
MAINE Wind gusts topped 60 mph, shutting down the port of Portland and knocking out power to homes and businesses.
MASSACHUSETTS Strong winds and heavy surf led to mandatory evacuations in sections of coastal Dartmouth and Fall River and voluntary evacuations in other coastal communities.
MICHIGAN High winds knocked out power to about 23,000 homes and businesses.
NEW HAMPSHIRE Politicians canceled visits to the presidential swing state on Monday.
NEW JERSEY The center of the storm came ashore Monday evening near Atlantic City, which was cut off from the mainland by the storm surge along with other barrier islands, stranding residents who ignored warnings to evacuate. At least three deaths were reported.
NEW YORK A record storm surge that was higher than predicted along with high winds damaged the electrical system and plunged millions of people into darkness. Utilities say it could be up to a week before power is fully restored. The governor's office says there have been five storm-related deaths. A fire was burning 15 houses in one flooded section of Queens.
OHIO Wind gusts of up to 60 mph could hit some counties on Tuesday and rain could change over to a snowy mix. Utilities expect the wind to continue blowing down trees and poles.
PENNSYLVANIA Wind and flooding closing more than 200 bridges and roads. Three people have died, including an 8-year-old boy who was killed when a tree limb fell on him.
RHODE ISLAND Howling winds and storm surges forced mandatory and voluntary evacuations in low-lying and coastal communities.
TENNESSEE Snow expected in higher elevations, where a freeze warning has been issued. High winds expected in many areas.
VERMONT Winds knocked down trees and power lines, and localized flooding is possible Tuesday.
WISCONSIN A village along Lake Michigan suggested residents evacuate Tuesday morning because of the possibility of dangerously high waves and flooding.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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