Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley: This is a serious killer storm

BALTIMORE - Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley stood before the media Sunday afternoon with a strong message - "This is a serious killer storm. ...It will likely take more lives."

The governor said state emergency services are currently at "full activation," the highest state of emergency. the Maryland National Guard has been mobilized.

"We anticipate there will be several days of power outages for a large number of citizens in Maryland," he said. "...Winds will be very severe."

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Gov. O'Malley said minor flooding is expected in the Chesapeake Bay, major flooding in surrounding creeks and streams and big surf on the coast. He advised those near low-lying areas to get to higher ground.

As schools and government offices began to close, the governor said those in the state of Maryland should expect more closings. He said early voting scheduled for Monday would be rescheduled. An announcement on the rescheduling of early voting is expected Monday.

The governor said it could be several days before cleanup and repair crews can safely respond to the effects of Hurricane Sandy .

"We don't know how long this storm might park over the mid-Atlantic," he said.

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