BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is urging residents to prepare for severe weather that she says has the potential to have an Isabel-type storm surge.

The 2003 storm caused severe flooding in the city.

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The mayor met Friday morning with agency heads and says the track of Hurricane Sandy is the biggest concern for city officials who are hoping it will come ashore north of Maryland. That would result in less storm surge up the Chesapeake Bay.

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City officials say residents should plan ahead for power outages and have a battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries as well as a three-day supply of water. Those with medical needs also should be prepared for possible power outages and flooding and ensure they have prescription drugs and other supplies on hand.

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