Hurricane Irene: Martin O'Malley visits storm-damaged areas

Fallen trees did damage and blocked the entrance to this St. Mary's County home. (Photo: Brad Bell/ABC7)

Gov. Martin O'Malley is touring Maryland counties to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Irene, while hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in the mid-Atlantic region remain without power.

O'Malley was in Hollywood on Tuesday, where trees had fallen on top of homes and were strewn across lawns. He also introduced the state's insurance commissioner, Therese Goldsmith, to residents.

At least 42 deaths blamed on Hurricane Irene have been reported in a dozen states.

Meanwhile, utility companies say some 300,000 customers in the mid-Atlantic region are still without power. Baltimore Gas and Electric was reporting the most outages.

Ted Turner is one of the lucky few here. The trees mostly missed his house. Across the street, Glenn Colby wasn't so lucky.

“It was like bombs going off 'cause you'd hear crack crack then boom,” Colby said.

He says trees were falling from about 7 p.m. Saturday until 2 a.m. Sunday. Somewhere in there a giant oak hit his house.

He, his wife and their six kids got out okay. Incredibly, nobody on the street was injured though three homes have been condemned.

Colby and his neighbors told O'Malley they want some help with the clean-up and for the governor to send heavy equipment. O'Malley says he's not sure what he can do.

“We're gonna be working out all of those things with the insurance companies cover what they won’t cover,” O’Malley said.

Schools in Anne Arundel, Calvert and St. Mary's counties also remain closed.

In D.C. some residents are still struggling with power outages.

For residents of the 3600 block of Warren who normally receive power through these stretched lines, they had another day of no power. The Pernas were sitting outside talking by candle light last night.

"It's ridiculous, I mean we pay big taxes up here,” said Ruth Perna.

Residents of Anacostia Avenue in Northeast are making the best of it. Alphonzo Brooks is using his car battery and an extension cord to run what he can inside.

“That's how I run the t.v., battery charger charge my phone and maybe when my wife go to work use her curlers,” he said.