Annapolis Harbor area floods

Water sloshed out of the Annapolis Harbor before dawn Tuesday, flooding the immediate City Dock area with a foot of water by 6 a.m. But city officials estimated that high tide could crest at 4.8 feet and stay high past 4 p.m.

By 4 a.m., crews reported flooding there had begun.

City officials were warning people to stay away from the City Dock, as well as other waterfront areas that could be submerged because of the wind-whipped high tide.

"City crews are watching the high tide closely," said city spokeswoman Rhonda Wardlaw. "The flood is now a major concern for the city of Annapolis. We ask people not go down to look."

Harbormaster J.P. "Flip" Walters cut electrical power to the bulkhead at Ego Alley early Tuesday, because at the high tide of 3 feet — which was reached — water can get into the outlets, Wardlaw said.

High tide was predicted to come between 6 and 8 a.m. At 4.2 feet, the water would reach the feet of the Alex Haley statue, and at 5.2 feet it would be at the foot of the closed Market House, Wardlaw said.

A few reports of downed trees came in overnight at Fairview Drive, Janice Drive, Breakwater Drive at Edgewater Road, and two on Porter Drive, Wardlaw said.

One person, a 73-year-old man, was killed Monday night in Pasadena, when an 80-foot tree fell on him in his kitchen on Suitt Drive, county executive John R. Leopold said.

Some 61 people, five dogs and four cats stayed overnight at Annapolis High School, the shelter for Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, Leopold said.

Power was out to about 25 percent of the customers in the county at the height of outages, but BGE crews restored it to more than 11,000, Leopold said. Still, outages were spotty, he said.

About 27 roads were closed, with partial closures of 11 more, most because of downed trees and electrical lines, he said.

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