Maryland Takes Proactive Measures, Braces for Hermine Today
Southern Maryland, Eastern Shore to have Significant Rainfall, Winds, and Coastal Flooding
REISTERSTOWN, Md. (September 3, 2016) — Post-tropical Cyclone Hermine will be located off the Atlantic coast of Maryland later today and will likely bring high rain totals, tropical storm-force winds and coastal flooding to southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore.
“I urge Maryland residents and visitors to our Eastern Shore to closely monitor weather forecasts,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Though some uncertainty remains, it is becoming clear that Hermine will affect Maryland with significant rainfall and flooding along the coast. I have reached out to Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan and agree with his assessment—anyone planning to travel to the beach this weekend that has not already departed should stay home until the agenda of the storm are over. I encourage all Marylanders, especially those on the Lower Shore, to use common sense and stay safe during this time.”
Yesterday, Governor Hogan signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency in Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, Worcester, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties. The executive order allows the state to efficiently coordinate support and provide additional assistance to those counties.
Those in potentially affected areas should be familiar with evacuation routes, have a communications plan with family members, keep a battery-powered radio handy and have a plan for pets. If flooding occurs, residents should never drive through flooded roadways. Anyone with plans to travel to the Shore should first check local officials’ recommendations and closely follow weather forecasts and warnings.