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O'Malley: Maryland experiences nation's weather 'in miniature'

Governor Martin O'Malley said Maryland was experiencing "America's weather in miniature" as the remnants of Sandy approached the state bringing blizzards in the west, tidal flooding in the east and wind and rain everywhere else.

"This is goin to be a long night," Governor O'Malley said. "The next 12 hours of this storm will likely be the most intense."

Snow was already falling in the western-most parts of the state at 10 p.m. Monday and blizzard warnings were in effect, with 7-to-11 inches of snow forecast overnight in Oakland. On the other side of the state, a coastal flood warning remained in effect in Ocean City until midnight.

The eye of the storm is forecast to graze the northern end of the state later Monday night, before swinging upwards into Pennsylvania, O'Malley said.

O'Malley reported that the storm's effects are already being felt:

•24 critical care facilities, including 2 hospitals were on generator power.

•4 tractor trailors had become entangled on I-68 in Western Maryland, closing the westbound carriageway.

•1,200 people were spending the night in 41 shelters.

•In some places waters were high enough to make military Humvees useless.

The governor's next briefing will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

iduncan@baltsun.com

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