Md. governor declares state of emergency due to weather

- FRIDAY 2 P.M. UPDATE: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has rescinded the state of emergency in eight Maryland counties: Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick, Carroll, Montgomery, Howard, and Prince George’s. The remaining 15 counties and Baltimore City remain under the state of emergency until further notice.

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed an executive order Thursday declaring a state of emergency ahead of heavy rains, potential flooding and the possibility of Hurricane Joaquin impacting the area.

“While the path of Hurricane Joaquin remains uncertain, taking proactive measures is the first step in preparing for extreme weather and will ensure that resources are available in the areas with the greatest need,” said Hogan. “At this time we are strongly encouraging Marylanders to use common sense in the days ahead and look after family members and neighbors who might need assistance. Now is the time to start preparing for possible flooding or any other hazards.”

RELATED: Hurricane Joaquin now a Category 4 storm

In Annapolis, officials say flooding is the number one concern because the rain we are expecting will fall on saturated ground. Annapolis has invested heavily in early warning systems, apps and emergency text alerts to help streamline the flow of information.

Hogan has asked for state agencies, including the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, to make preparations for the incoming storms. Residents can go to MEMA’s website, mema.maryland.gov, for more flooding and hurricane preparedness information.

Meanwhile, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency Wednesday afternoon, which allows emergency responders to begin to prepare for the storms.

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