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5 storylines that stand out from the weekend wind storm in Maryland

As school systems began to close Friday for an impending wind storm, many took to social media to question the decision making.

By the end of the day, as the power of the storm had played out, those that closed were applauded for doing so.

The nor’easter storm that rapped the eastern seaboard Friday into Saturday left a path of carnage in Maryland — toppling trees, trains and power lines — and leaving much of the region without power. Some folks are still without electricity as the work week begins anew.

Here are some of the notable storylines that came out following the storm.

1. Wind can kill.

A 76-year-old woman was killed Friday when a tree limb fell on her while she was checking the mail outside her Baltimore County home.

2. Wind can interrupt traffic.

Many roads were closed Friday into Saturday for downed trees and power lines.

But travelers looking to go through Maryland to get to D.C. or points north found a major road block at the Susquehanna River, where two key bridges — carrying U.S. 40 and Interstate 95 — were shut down due to dangerous cross-winds.

The small communities on either side of the river were inundated with travelers looking to turn around, find lodging, or refuel.

As a result, many local travelers were unable to get home for hours.

3. Wind can cause *a lot* of damage.

Wind > trees > power lines.

Trees fell on homes.

They fell over Interstate 695.

But trees weren’t the only thing falling.

Four train cars fell from a freight train bridge over the Susquehanna River after the train derailed.

Two cars remained atop the bridge, and were removed Sunday. Four other train cars plunged into the water below.

Two trucks overturned atop the Tydings Bridge — leading to the aforementioned highway closure.

The wind also ripped the roof off the auditorium at Havre de Grace High School, which was scheduled to host a musical beginning Friday night.

4. Wind can knock out your power.

Some Marylanders are still without power Monday morning. BGE reported that some areas more heavily-hit by the storm may be without power until mid-week.

It’s like camping,” one Maryland resident said of the ongoing outages.

5. Wind can bring about some good Samaritans.

From the teachers and staff at a school who stayed until nearly 8 p.m. to ensure every child got home safely to the folks who took in strangers, there were plenty of storylines of folks doing good deeds for others in the face of adversity.

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