ANNAPOLIS, MD–Governor Larry Hogan today declared a state of emergency for areas of Maryland along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, the Potomac River and the Atlantic coast, currently subject to a coastal flood warning from the National Weather Service and therefore threatened by severe tides and coastal flooding. .
The declaration of a state of emergency includes Baltimore City and the following counties: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Prince George’s, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester.
According to the National Weather Service, the highest tides in 10 to 20 years are expected, with threats such as flooding of water on roads, sidewalks, docks, marinas, and residential and commercial areas.
“Even if you are used to damaging flooding, it is much more serious and could be much more damaging over the next 24 hours,” Governor Hogan said. “We are taking this step to mobilize all necessary state resources and assist local jurisdictions in their response efforts. We urge Marylanders to remain vigilant, stay tuned to local news stations for the latest updates, and follow any instructions local authorities may provide. “
State agency response efforts underway
- This morning the Maryland Department of Emergency Management increased the state activation level at Partial, the second highest activation level, to improve coordination with state and local agencies.
- The Maryland National Guard staged around 20 active duty soldiers and 10 vehicles in the Easton and Salisbury Armories as a precaution in case they were needed to support civilian agencies.
- The Maryland Department of Transportation issued a warning that several roads in the state are already closed due to flooding or falling trees. State Highway Administration (SHA) Coordinated Highways Action Response Team (CHART) emergency patrols will continue to patrol and assist motorists and respond to incidents to help restore traffic as safely and quickly as possible.
- The Maryland State Police responded to 119 accidents, 16 roadside hazards and 27 broken down or unattended vehicles. The soldiers also responded to 436 calls for service.
- Maryland Natural Resources Police are ready and equipped to deal with any maritime emergency and assist Allied agencies in the event of an accident on land and water. Officers respond to several calls from drifting ships.
- Maryland Department of Natural Resources staff removed small and medium-sized service vessels and sensitive surveillance equipment to bring them to safety.
- Maryland State Parks closed several day-use areas and campgrounds and evacuated or relocated some campers in parks affected by the storm and resulting flooding. Affected parks include Assateague State Park, Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park, Point Lookout State Park, and Smallwood State Park.
- Call 911 in an emergency.
- Never drive in stagnant water and flooded roads. Turn around, don’t drown!
- Determine their best protection against high winds and flooding.
- Heed all warnings and stay indoors in severe weather.
- Check with local authorities for the latest information on public evacuation shelters.
- If evacuation is required, bring items such as hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, and two cloth face covers per person.
- Keep a close eye on updated weather forecasts and make sure you have a way to access local forecasts and warnings.
- Keep devices charged in the event of a power failure.
- Know who to contact in the event of a power failure. Emergency telephone numbers for utility companies can be found here.
- Use generators only outdoors and never in a garage. The generator should be at least 20 feet from the house and away from windows, doors and vents.
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From the National Meteorological Service:
- Heavy rain : There is a potential for significant amounts of precipitation which could result in moderate to major flooding. Heavy rain with extended amounts of 1 to 3 inches expected, with localized amounts of 3 to 4 inches.
- The winds: Dangerous winds could knock trees down into soggy ground, which could lead to power outages.
- Storm force winds for the middle and lower parts of Chesapeake Bay and the lower Potomac River
- Gale warnings for Chesapeake Bay, Potomac River and Atlantic coast until late tonight
- Strong wind warning issued for St. Mary’s and Calvert counties
- Wind advisories for the rest of the West Coast and northern East Coast counties
- Tidal and coastal flooding: Moderate to major tidal and coastal flooding is expected along the shores of Chesapeake Bay, the Potomac River and the Atlantic coast. The NWS has issued flood watches for parts of the metropolitan areas of Baltimore and DC.
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