As we were living through Irene, she didn’t seem any worse than a really bad rain storm, but the morning told a different story: over 100,000 without power, hundreds of trees down, lines down and detritus strewn hither and yon.
One of the most dramatic surprises came to Peter Kaizer whose 2005 Mazda 3 narrowly escaped annihilation from an enormous oak tree that fell in the 200 block of Murdock Road in Rodgers Forge. The tree missed the car by six inches, landing just between it and another car parked immediately in front of it.
Another felled oak took down lines across Stevenson Lane (resulting in a ball of fire the size of the house, according to one neighbor), and more trees crashed lines on York Road, Osler Drive and Bellona Avenue among other streets. All over lush Baltimore County, same occurred, helping to explain why so many county residents are without power.
As of Sunday night, the death toll from storm-related incidents was 21, but only one of those was from Maryland. Though the damage was less than government officials warned, most Marylanders were glad for the extra caution.
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