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Bay Bridge closure policy criticized by those buffeted in storm

Millions of people in the path of Friday's powerful storm knew what was coming and braced for the worst. Many hunkered down in their basements, warned by meteorologists who had tracked the storm over 600 miles as it gathered speed and strength and drew a bead on the Mid-Atlantic.

But just outside Annapolis, the Maryland Transportation Authority never considered temporarily closing the Bay Bridge, because an instrument atop the bridge was recording winds around 30 mph in the minutes before the storm.

"While forecasts are important and monitored continuously, a decision to close the Bay Bridge or any of our facilities is made on actual weather conditions," said...