O'Malley Issues State of Emergency Order

Governor has authority to call out Maryland National Guard if necessary.


Gov. Martin O'Malley Saturday issued a state of emergency for Maryland because of severe thunderstorms, high temperatures and the long period of time it's expected to take to fully recover from the double blow of weather disasters.

The declaration will give the state flexibility to activate the Maryland National Guard and provide assistance to local emergency managers, if necessary.         

O'Malley said President Obama called him Saturday from Camp David, near Thurmont, to check in following Friday’s storms, a local CBS affiliate reported.

The declaration said that more than 840,000 homes were without electricity and it could take up to seven days to fully restore power. It said more than 74 cooling stations have been opened across Maryland.


UPDATED (4:01 p.m.)—Gov. Martin O'Malley said Saturday he plans to declare a state of emergency in Maryland because of severe storms that passed through Maryland Friday night and early Saturday morning.

O'Malley declined to offer specifics.

"The answer is 'yes,'" O'Malley said in response to questions from Patch. "The declaration, the paperwork, it's already been worked up."

The governor said he planned to release details later in the evening.

Governors in Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia have already made similar declarations in their respective states.

Meanwhile, BGE and PEPCO officials are telling customers to prepare for power restoration work to continue well into next week.

Rob Gould, a spokesman for BGE, said help was coming in from Tennessee, Philadelphia, Mississippi and Florida.

A PEPCO spokeswoman said additional crews were coming to assist its power restoration efforts from as far away as Texas.

Both said it could be at least seven days before restoration efforts were completed.

"What we are really finding here is damage of the magnitude of a hurricane," Gould said, adding that efforts could be hampered by storms expected to hit the area late Saturday afternoon and into the evening.

State emergency management officials compared the storms Friday night to Hurricane Irene, which struck the area last fall.

Part of the power issue stems from downed large transmission lines in western Maryland, state officials said.

State health officials are asking residents who are not suffering from physical injuries or illness to not go to hospital emergency rooms to get out of the heat. Instead, officials asked that they go to any of the 58 cooling centers located around the state.

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Bart July 02, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Paul, Paul, Paul. Such language! Do you email your mother with those fingers?
twillia1 July 02, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Paul is Correct: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/07/omalley-and-the-outages-why-cant-liberals-make-the-trains-run-on-time/259314/#
FIFA July 02, 2012 at 10:04 PM
John, sir. You make a point separate from mine. But since you asked, what are you going to do about 11,000,000 illegal immigrants? Send them home? My point is simple, the kid, yes kid, who has been here going to public schools for a long time, I would much rather have him/her go to college than not. Wouldn't you sir?
John July 02, 2012 at 11:24 PM
FIFA. I don't think that they should be rewarded for breaking the law. Anyway you justify it that's what it is. Most would go back on their own if our politicians had the political will to pass laws - and enforce them - that make it too costly to a business owner that gets caught hiring illegals. If the jobs dried up, they would go back willingly. Besides, if we just let them stay, what will ever stop the flow of illegals. In another decade or so we'll have 11 million more. Why have immigration laws? The people coming over here and doing it the right way are fools. No. I believe there is no other solution to this, but to make it harder, not easier on anyone who makes the decision to break our immigration laws. And while the children of illegals are here, they are still illegal and the issue of tuition and any other issues that create difficulties for them should be the responsibilty of their parents who brought them here. To say 11 million illegals are too many to get a handle on and excuse them into work visas, or worse, a road to citizenship for breaking the law will only open the flood gates for millions more to break the law and wait for next excuse to just let them stay.
Corbin Dallas Multipass July 02, 2012 at 11:36 PM
"Besides, if we just let them stay, what will ever stop the flow of illegals. In another decade or so we'll have 11 million more." http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/04/historic-wave-of-mexican-migration-comes-to-a-standstill-report-says.html The flow is basically stopped now, since it is small enough I'll just paste the article: '“The largest wave of immigration in history from a single country to the United States has come to a standstill,” the report says. The downward trend in migration started about five years ago, according to the report. During that time the number of illegal immigrants from Mexico residing in the U.S. fell sharply from 7 million to about 6.1 million. At the same time, the number of legal Mexican immigrants residing in the U.S. increased slightly from 5.6 million to 5.8 million. Those estimates are based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The report attributes the changes to several factors, including the weakened economy, increased border enforcement, a rise in deportations, growing dangers at the border and a long-term decline in Mexican birth rates.'
FIFA July 03, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Absolutely, send that 4 year old home who has now graduated from high school. Just where do you he/she think that is, sir?
Yes FIFA - I would sent the kid who has been here illegally since 4 and graduated high school back to whatever country they came from - with his parents and anyone else here illegally - and not lose any sleep over this. Here is why - we are a nation of laws. When those laws are not followed, the penalty for breaking those laws must be enforced. Period - end of story. Rules for entering the country must be obeyed. When the boy was 4 and it was determined his parents were here illegally, they all should have been send back immediately. We can either raise the bar, and have those entering the country legally be the ONLY way to enter the country, or we can lower the bar, and come up with the - we did not catch you, or those who were supposed to enforce the laws did not do their job, so we will let you stay here illegally. But sorry for those trying to come here legally, back to the end of the line. Some things must be non negotiable, our standards must stay high.
amark July 04, 2012 at 03:45 PM
FIFA, your ignorance is surpassed only by your non funny jokes.
Steve July 04, 2012 at 04:08 PM
"Send them Back". That makes absolutely no sense. It would only cost us $100 Billion that we don't have. That's a lot of money that could be better spent elsewhere. http://articles.cnn.com/2007-09-12/us/deportation.cost_1_illegal-immigrants-immigration-illegal-residents?_s=PM:US
FIFA July 04, 2012 at 04:54 PM
amark, small "a". Your obvious Tea Party nonsensical sniveling responses show us your aptitude for learning anything other than repeating what you hear. Think for yourself, madam/sir. I assure you ignorance is not a trait I have. Don't like my humor, then don't read it?
Chelle Martz July 04, 2012 at 05:11 PM
I'm right there with you and for all of those reasons and more! I don't even want to get started on the welfare system - it's a sham! Those who REALLY need it don't qualify and those who are capable of working (but too %!@# lazy to do so) get cash benefits AND food stamps and then drive around in Lexus's (true story - witnessed it first hand in Reisterstown just last week!) As for the education - I'm all for state college tuition... for those legal citizens in the US who can't afford to go to college but WANT to.
FIFA July 04, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Chelle Martz - why is it you don't like welfare for "poor" people, but you don't seem to mind welfare for rich people and large corporations? Can you explain that to the rest of us? Is it easier to rail against defenseless poor people than to do the same about the wealthy?
Chelle Martz July 04, 2012 at 05:19 PM
No one's blaming anything on the "less fortunate." I am personally speaking of those who DO abuse the system. I am well aware that not everyone does so, and there are those who need that assistance. There are also those who need that assistance that don't get it and are given a million different reasons why they're "not eligible" and it's crap. Before ranting and pointing fingers, READ what is being written. And don't be hypocritical either because you can't tell me it wouldn't irk the crap out of you to see someone use the system at a grocery store and then load 100-something dollars worth of groceries into a brand new $30,000 car.
kevin July 04, 2012 at 05:21 PM
FiFA either your lying or Al Gore is Lying .He started the tax to help rural people get phone service said it while running for President then morphed into how it was to pay for the internet that he started getting it to poor areas and would expand to cell phones. I bet you HATE when people know history and you just can't just blurt out lies.Like Sara singing owl post what a crock either a family member of O'Malley or his staff wrote that .
Chelle Martz July 04, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Hey FIFA .... I never said I don't like welfare for the poor. I said I'm against welfare for those who are absolutely CAPABLE of working and take advantage of the system because they continue to procreate and use that as a reason to gain benefits that SHOULD Be going to those poor who DO need it. I happen to know someone who has been out of work for FIVE years, has lost her house, her car, has medical issues and NO insurance and despite her trying to get work is constantly being told she's "not qualified." Funny....she gets the same run around from the welfare system. A system that for FIFTY years she's paid into and now they're telling her she's not worthy of their help. Pay attention FIFA. AND ... I am for large corporations because they offer JOBS! Seriously.... no argument there. I'm not aware of any rich people on welfare. Are you? And if so...please, name some. I'd love to know how they're managing that one.
FIFA July 04, 2012 at 05:38 PM
@kevin, what are yelling about. My lies? Please point one out for me above. I have made no comments about cell phones. Wake up. @Chelle - your BFF the large international corporations that ship the jobs overseas to foreigners, then keeps the profits there so they wan't be taxed. Your new BFF owns the tax system and games it to their advantage. Romney pays a tax rate of 15%, I wish mine was that low and I had a Swiss bank account like him too.. Who do you think got those tax laws passed, the poor. Go to school and get an education, your lack of knowledge is showing through.
Other Tim July 04, 2012 at 07:21 PM
A CNN article, for what it's worth (and 5 years old). "Very rough calculation" = "wild ass guess". Average length of detention 32 days? Send them back immediately! $1,000 per person to send them back? Not even if they are from the other side of the world, but most are from this continent. What is the cost of letting them stay?
amark July 04, 2012 at 07:41 PM
FIFA (is that like the FIFA World Cup)? Unlike you leftists, I don't have a problem with the Tea Party. Although it was you that mentioned them, what is wrong with people who want this out of control govt to live within it's means and respect the constitution? People like you who continue to misrepresent them (call them racist, etc) are wrong. I haven't been to any Tea Party rallies but I do support their message. You are probably more in line with the Occupy Wall Street thugs.
Steve July 04, 2012 at 07:49 PM
5 years old. The cost has definitely risen. Sending them back is a stupid idea.
FIFA July 04, 2012 at 08:06 PM
small "a" amark, there you go. So easy to get those of limited intellectual capacity to get to the name calling. "Leftist", and I now call you "racist"? Where did that come from? You are probably a "Birther" too, did you graduate from middle school? Elementary school? Were you paying any attention at all? Regarding the World Cup, sorry you missed the message. I am Wilson!
Buzz Beeler July 04, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Tim, I'm working on a blog on the county's cost involving food stamsp, MTO and Medicaid. In one area alone the cost has risen 1100%.
Sean Welsh July 05, 2012 at 01:10 PM
A comment from "karl schlenker" has been deleted for violation of Patch's terms of use. -Sean
Leslie Schildgen July 05, 2012 at 01:18 PM
By declaring a state of emergency, does that mean the government picks up the tab for the cleanup or do we end up paying with a raise in our state taxes and/or BGE bill.
Paul Amirault July 05, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Leslie, I bet you it ain't free. ;-)
Other Tim July 06, 2012 at 12:04 AM
You do understand it's all our money, don't you? The "government" only has our money to spend.
Robert McArtor, RE/MAX Components October 30, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Just called Home Depot to find out when their next shipment is for generators. They said their trucks will not travel the roads because we are in a State of Emergency... :(
PerryHallParent October 30, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Other stores, like Pep Boys, Pete's Cycle and other small businesses had plenty of generators in stock Sunday. I found some for family members and picked one up for myself. I didn't even bother calling the big box places; they always go out first.
1ke October 30, 2012 at 12:49 PM
I get such a charge out of the bellyaching I am reading here. Backbiting. Hatefulness. Blaming. Fact is that most folks pay less than $10 a day for electricity. Oh, please hate me because I pay less than $6. And for that you get to pile your clothes in a washer, watch crap on TV, type insipid things online, go shopping only once a week, stay cool in an ungodly climate in an ill-designed but affordable house. Go without it for 3 days and OMG and you are so, so taken advantage of, cheated, played for the fool... You all kill me.
Joe October 30, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Looks like we dodged a 50 cal bullet!
Joe October 30, 2012 at 12:59 PM
"government picks up the tab" And the government gets their money from WHO? How can anyone in this day of information overload think that the government has its own money to "pick up the tab"?


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