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Hogan Declares State Of Emergency For Eastern Shore, Southern Maryland

September 3rd, 2016 by WCBC Radio

Gov. Larry Hogan has declared a state of emergency ahead of Tropical Storm Hermine that covers the Eastern Shore and southern Maryland.

Hogan's executive order goes into effect Friday and covers Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, Worcester, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties. The order will allow the state to coordinate support and provide more assistance to those counties which appear to be in the path of the storm.

“While the path of Tropical Storm Hermine remains uncertain, this state of emergency will ensure that resources and support are readily available if flooding and other damage does occur,” Hogan said in a statement. “I strongly encourage Marylanders to pay close attention to this storm system and, if appropriate, to start preparing for potential flooding or any other possible hazards.”

As of 6:16 p.m., projections have Hermine passing off the Eastern Shore, but it could still cause rain and flooding in low-lying areas. The Maryland Emergency Management Agency is set to respond to the storm's effects, which could include rain, wind and localized flooding into next week.

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