In the last day before Hurricane Sandy was slated to strike, Marylanders who were idled by closed offices and schools still found much to do: last-minute shopping and lunches out before who knows how long the power may be out.
All of Harford County was virtually shut down Monday morning, as residents braced for the worst of the powerful Hurricane Sandy, which was moving ever closer to making landfall on the coast between Maryland and New Jersey.
The Baltimore area will remain under a flood watch through Tuesday evening, with coastal flooding expected late Monday into Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service. The area will also endure heavy rain and high winds throughout the next two days
The best TV news moment I saw Monday morning amid all the coverage that swamped the screen came at 8:28 a.m. on WBFF as reporter Kathleen Cairns stood in Ocean City in a soupy area between sand banks and condominiums.
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.
Harford County government continued to ramp up its preparations for Hurricane Sandy on Sunday, advising residents of the city of Havre de Grace to consider evacuating their homes in anticipation of the tropical storm's landfall in the region, now expected sometime Monday. The county also announced a public shelter will be open to provide temporary housing starting at 7 p.m. Sunday at Patterson Mill High School, 85 Patterson Mill Road, in Bel Air. Public schools and county offices will be closed
By AEGIS STAFF and BALTIMORE SUN MEDIA GROUP REPORTS
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz warned at a press conference Friday afternoon that the county expects Hurricane Sandy¿s landfall to be a 'very, very serious event' that could leave portions of the state without power for days.
The North Harford Hawks escaped from Fallston on Friday night with a 14-13, week-nine football victory, after they stopped the host Cougars on attempted a game-winning two-point conversion with 20 seconds left in regulation.