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O’Malley: ‘Unlike any storm we’ve had’

Marylanders should stay off the roads for the next 24 to 36 hours as potentially deadly Hurricane Sandy lurches toward the state, Gov. Martin O’Malley said Monday morning.

Speaking from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency in Reisterstown, the governor said the coming storm would be “unlike any storm we’ve had.”

“Maryland is right in the cross hairs of this very, very violent storm. … There will be people who die and are killed in this storm,” O’Malley said. “We are urging all Marylanders to stay off the roads for the next 36 hours.”

The storm’s path is such that the state will received more intense wind and rain than forecasters expected 12 hours ago, O’Malley said. The slow-moving storm system, which is expected to collide with an east-moving cold front to create a “superstorm” will cause power outages starting this afternoon, O’Malley predicted.

“She’s going to sit on top of Maryland beat down on Maryland for a good 24 to 36 hours,” he said.