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Most of Maryland Under Severe Thunderstorm Watch

O’Malley: Power Outages Rise Drastically to More Than 24,000

Additionally, bridges will close and early voting tomorrow is canceled, Gov. Martin O’Malley said Monday afternoon.

As Hurricane Sandy arrives in Maryland, more than 24,000 state residents are without power, Gov. Martin O’Malley announced in a press briefing Monday afternoon.

“This is a very, very dangerous storm and she is intensifying at her center,” he said.

O'Malley reiterated that trees, poles and power lines will be knocked down.

“The main message of the day is to hunker down and to stay inside,” he said.

In the half-hour prior the briefing, which began just after 2 p.m., the number of Marylanders without power rose from around 1,000 to more than 24,000, O'Malley said at Maryland Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Reisterstown.

One person died in a weather-related car crash in Montgomery County around 11:30 a.m. Monday, The Washington Post reported.

Early voting for Tuesday is canceled and the state government will be closed Tuesday for non-essential employees, O’Malley said. He hopes to make up the time lost in early voting on the back end or by extending the hours at polling stations, he said.

Several bridges will be closed within the next half-hour to hour, including the Bay Bridge, the Tidings Bridge, the Hatem Bridge. There is a wind warning for Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge and wind restrictions for the Key Bridge on I-695.

Approximately 500 people are in shelters across the state. Thirty-two shelters on the county level are open and three state shelters are also open, O’Malley said.

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