Arundel Mills mall announced it would be closed Monday.

The Annapolis director of emergency management, Kevin J. Simmons, said city police officers are pairing with National Guard with Humvees in order to make patrols Monday. He said the city has also sent out community notifications to residents in low-lying areas urging them to take shelter inland. Annapolis High School is open to residents.

A tree fell on a house in the 400 block of Maple Road West In Linthcum, Anne Arundel county police reported around noon. It took down wires and firefighters helped five people get out of the house, said Division Chief Michael Cox, fire department spokesman No one was injured, he said.

There were about a dozen weather-related problems on Monday, including trees and wires down, and car crashes, none serious, he said.

Robert B. Thomas, Jr., a Harford County spokesman, said Beards Hill Road and Maxa Road in Aberdeen had been closed this morning due to flooding. "We do have some areas of the county where we've had some trees fallen," he said. But no other damage has been reported this morning, he said.

Battalion Chief Eric Proctor with the Howard County fire department said the county remained relatively quiet Monday morning. "We're just bracing. No increase in our call volume yet," he said.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz declared a state of emergency for the county Monday morning. He said in a statement that the county will open an emergency shelter at Eastern Technical High School, 1100 Mace Ave., at 1 p.m. Monday. The shelter is pet-friendly. He also said that trash and recycling pick-ups are suspended from 2 p.m. Monday today through Tuesday.

All remaining flights Tuesday out of Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport have been canceled, said spokesman Jonathan Dean.

Canceled flights stranded many, including the Normandeau family. They were thousands of miles from home and forced to race north ahead of Sandy.

"When they canceled our flight, they told us we couldn't get out until Thursday," Patricia Normandeau said as she rifled through a rental car's trunk at a rest stop on I-95 south of Baltimore. En route from West Palm Beach, Fla. to outside Portland, Maine, the family keeps checking smartphones in hopes they can make better time than the behemoth storm that's churning north at 15 miles an hour.

"We left at 3 p.m. yesterday, and we've just been taking turns driving," Normandeau said at 7 a.m. Monday. "We only hit rain about two hours ago."

Across the lot, John Esposito rested briefly on his overnight drive from South Carolina to New Jersey, cutting short his vacation to join his son and dogs before the worst of Sandy hits. He hopes to roll into Hazlet, N.J., by mid-morning Monday, when Sandy still feels like a chilly autumn downpour instead of the worst storm to hit the area in 75 years.

"It's been uneventful, so far," Esposito said, adding he plans to keep it that way by racing home early.

"With hurricanes, you just have to learn," he said. "You get a sense of what you can and can't do."

Baltimore Sun reporters Ian Duncan, Luke Broadwater, Steve Kilar, Erica L. Green, Jessica Anderson, Candy Thomson and Andrea F. Siegel contributed to this report.

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