Seven deaths tallied so far from heat, storms
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Tony Sartori of Baltimore tries to stay cool. He has been without power since Friday's storm knocked out electricity all along Gittings Avenue and knocked a large tree onto his house. (Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr. / June 25, 2012)
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She said the 24-hour service line rang at her house around midnight, even before the storm cleared out. Hours later, the company made its first service call, and the crew of five has been going ever since.
Minnie Allen, filling in for the regular secretary at Allen & Sons Tree Service in Parkville, said the first call for service came about 1 a.m. Saturday, soon after the storm blew through. Since then, she said, the company's crew of eight or nine employees has been going "just constantly, nonstop" from about 6 a.m. to 8 or 8:30 in the evening.
Most of the calls have come from Parkville, she said. "They were hit pretty hard."
Meanwhile, restaurants suffered as they risked losing inventory to spoilage. City health officials closed 31 eateries for selling food without power over the weekend.
Cassandra Cary, a Baltimore City health inspector, said she'd closed 12 establishments when she was on patrol Saturday after the storm.
"Some were frying chicken as I walked in the door," Cary said. "They know that it's dangerous. But I guess they don't want to lose their product or commodity."
Baltimore Sun reporters Mary Gail Hare, Candus Thomson, Colin Campbell, Yvonne Wenger, Jamie Smith Hopkins, Justin Fenton, Arthur Hirsch and Luke Broadwater contributed to this article. Towson Times reporter Jon Meoli also contributed.
Weather by the numbers
7: heat- and storm-related deaths tallied as of Monday
675,000: power outages in Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s territory at peak
6: consecutive days with high temperatures of at least 90 degrees
103: high temperature at BWI Marshall Airport on Friday
66: wind speed, in miles per hour, at BWI Marshall Airport during Friday's storms