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Storms leave 9 dead in Md., Va. and D.C.; 4 in N.J., Ohio and Ky.
Anne Arundel County Police say that Kevin Alan O’Brien, 25, of Edgewater was killed at about 11:30 p.m. Friday when the vehicle he was driving was struck by a falling tree.
The vehicle was carrying two passengers, one of whom remained trapped inside until emergency personnel arrived. Both passengers were treated for minor injuries.
In light of the widespread damage and power outages and the possibility that power may not be restored to everyone for a week, Gov. Martin O’Malley declared a state of emergency in Maryland on Saturday afternoon.
Ed McDonough, public information officer for the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, said local crews throughout the state are clearing debris and working to restore power, and their biggest concern is that many residents will be without air conditioning as temperatures in areas including the D.C. suburbs are expected to exceed 100 degrees on Saturday and Sunday.
He said counties are trying to set up emergency shelters at schools and other public buildings, but even some of those are without power.
“The big message we’re trying to get out to people is if you’re fortunate enough to have power and air conditioning, reach out to neighbors or friends who don’t,” Mr. McDonough said. “This thing was kind of sudden so we need to pull together as best we can.”
The District set up a joint command Saturday morning at the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Ward 8, so it could coordinate response efforts and advise the public, said Pedro Ribeiro, spokesman for D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray.
Early Saturday afternoon, the District declared a state of emergency, citing the “devastating” storms from the prior evening and “searing” temperatures plaguing the region.
The declaration, in effect for 15 days, authorizes necessary expenses for storm-recovery efforts and allows the city to seek reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other federal, private or nonprofit relief organizations, Mr. Gray’s office said.
“The severity of the storm damage necessitates the declaration of a public emergency to enable District government to respond to emerging issues as expeditiously as possible,” City Administrator Allen Y. Lew said.
“While last night’s storms have wreaked havoc across the metro region, the District government has responded quickly and our emergency services team is fully activated,” Mr. Gray said Saturday from a business trip in China.
With heat indexes hitting the triple digits Saturday, the D.C. Public Libraries were opened as cooling centers. Deanwood, Palisades, Takoma Park and Northwest One libraries, however, were closed Saturday because of power outages.
Meanwhile, city agencies and politicians took to social media to report downed trees across the city and advise residents of their options amid widespread power outages and the midday heat.
“Know that your city is working feverishly to get everyone up to power as soon as humanly and mechanically possible,” HSEMA reported via Twitter.
Residents posted online messages that warn motorists to treat non-functioning traffic lights as four-way stops and not a free-for-all.
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