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O’Malley Issues Emergency Declaration

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has issued a state of emergency declaration as the state cleans up from thunderstorms that killed at least two people.

O’Malley signed the executive order on Saturday, noting that additional powerful storms are expected in the next 24 to 36 hours.

The governor says President Barack Obama called him Saturday from Camp David, near Thurmont, to check in following Friday’s storms.

O’Malley says it will take at least a week to get power fully restored. He added that the state needs to see what happens with hot weather and any additional storms Saturday night before making long-term plans.

In addition to one death each in Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties, crews are searching for a missing boater off Calvert County.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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