Jason Elliott

Maryland braces for Sandy

Maryland braces for Sandy

As the eye of Hurricane Sandy loomed over the waters some 500 miles southeast of Washington and the monster storm churned toward the Mid-Atlantic coast at 15 miles per hour, Marylanders braced Sunday for the arrival of a weather system some forecasters were calling potentially the most damaging to hit the United States in 75 years.

Heavy rains and gale-force winds were expected to hit the region Sunday afternoon and evening, and still heavier rains and hurricane-force gusts were expected to strike late Monday and Monday night.

Weathercasters said the storm, currently rated as a Category 1 hurricane, would likely cause everything from flash flooding and widespread power outages...