Reporting Adam May
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Sandy has now been downgraded from a hurricane to a post tropical cyclone. The effects of Sandy are from over, though. People will be dealing with the damage for days to come.
Adam May has more.
Hurricane Sandy left two Marylanders dead and more than 300,000 without power. Despite widespread damage, the governor says Maryland was fortunate to be on the kinder side of the violent storm.
“The people of Maryland were absolutely great,” he said. “This could have been far, far worse for us than it has been and the people of Maryland deserve a lot of the credit.”
At the state emergency agency, restoring power is a top concern, as is reopening roads.
“Our goal is to bring things back up on running soon on the transport side,” said Acting Transportation Secretary Darrell Mobley.
Officials lifted a 45 mile an hour speed limit, although conditions across the state are less than perfect, including heavy snow in western Maryland.
“This hasn’t finished yet. We’re doing everything we can to make roads safe for travel,” said Maryland State Police Major Matt Wayne.
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Despite violent surf stirred up by Sandy, there were no serious issues on the water, but there is a new danger: storm debris.
“There’s still warnings to be careful because channels could have hazards out there,” said Coast Guard Lieutenant Michael McGrail.
From Baltimore County to Havre de Grace, neighborhoods across the state dealt with flooding. In Crisfield on the Eastern Shore, rising waters sent residents scrambling and the National Guard was called into action.
“We’re helping with the evacuation there. In some areas, the water has risen and we want to get everyone out safely,” said National Guard Lieutenant Colonel Charles Kohler.