Storm Death Toll Hits 8

A fourth Marylander died from heat and a contractor was killed taking down limbs from a damaged tree, bringing the toll to eight, as Gov. Martin O’Malley stresses that it is still a dangerous situation for elderly citizens.

UPDATED 3:50 p.m. Tuesday: Maryland officials reported a fourth heat-related death and the death of contractor who was removing tree limbs, bringing Maryland’s total to eight deaths due to , Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Joshua Sharfstein reported.

The contractor died Monday in Garrett County while taking down limbs from a storm-damaged tree near Oakland, according to Ed McDonough, spokesman for the Maryland Emegency Management Agency (MEMA).

More are expected as crews restore power to the state, Sharfstein said.

Gov. Martin O’Malley said the situation for senior citizens still without electricity and, therefore, air conditioning, is dire.

“We are still in a very dangerous part of this emergency,” O’Malley said at a Tuesday morning news conference at MEMA headquarters in Reisterstown.

Power has been restored to approximately 75 percent of those who lost power, with 271,000 Maryland residents without power compared to , O’Malley said.

The number of crews working to restore power statewide since Monday afternoon has doubled to approximately 2,000 crews. There are 8,000 workers involved in power restoration efforts.

O’Malley said that as power gets restored, people should not assume that BGE and Pepco are aware of every area that doesn’t have power. He urged citizens to call Pepco at 877-737-2662 and BGE at 877-778-2222 to report remaining outages.

Hans-Adam III, Prince of Liechtenstein July 07, 2012 at 04:25 PM
@jag So man-made climate change is settled science? If it is settled and man were hypothetically cease to exist the earth's climate would normalize...what would it normalize to?
Hans-Adam III, Prince of Liechtenstein July 07, 2012 at 04:31 PM
@Nick writes "This is conjecture. The scientific community has long debated the speed at which our environment changed and the triggers that affected it. At best you could say that some believe this to be true, but just as many people think that ancient ecosystems underwent periods of rapid change as well as longer more cyclical changes." Yes your comments certainly explain the global freeze and imminent ice age predictions during the 1970s.
MDBronco July 07, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Thanks Other Tim, people always seem to miss the point. I am sure the family of the 8 could care less about the climate, just the result of the current situation that caused the loss.
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