Calls on Marylanders to take precautions, especially in low-lying areas
Emergency operations at the second highest activation level for better coordination with local jurisdictions
ANNAPOLIS, MD–Gov. Larry Hogan today urged residents and visitors to Maryland to watch the weather forecast and stay alert as heavy rain, moderate to major flooding and dangerous winds affect parts of the state from Friday to Friday. Sunday. The Maryland Department of Emergency Management (MDEM) raised the state activation level to partial, the second highest level, to improve coordination with local jurisdictions in response to the current weather event.
The Maryland National Guard has organized approximately 20 active duty soldiers and 10 vehicles into the Easton and Salisbury Armories as a precaution in case they are needed to support civilian agencies.
“We call on all residents of Maryland and visitors to our state to take this time seriously and take precautions to stay safe, especially if you are in low-lying areas prone to flooding,” Governor Hogan said. . “We will continue to closely monitor the storm and coordinate our response between state and local agencies throughout the weekend. Stay tuned to local news stations for the latest updates, use common sense, and listen to any instructions local authorities provide. “
While coastal flooding and major tides will be the main story of this system, flood watches, wind advisories and warnings have also been issued in other parts of the state. Check weather.gov for the latest information on your location.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), Marylanders can expect:
- Heavy rain: There is a potential for significant amounts of precipitation which could lead to 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 cause trees to fall into soggy soil, which could cause 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.
Residents are advised to:
- Call 911 in an emergency.
- Never drive on 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.
- Follow the Maryland Department of Emergency Management (MDEM) and NWS regional social media accounts for localized forecasts.
Traffic, weather and power outage alerts, as well as all-hazard preparedness information, are available on the MDEM website. To receive alerts, tips and resources related to COVID-19 and other threats and dangers affecting or which may affect Maryland, send “MdReady” to 211-MD1 or visit MdReady.Maryland.gov register.
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