- The Washington Times - Friday, October 2, 2015

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan rescinded the state of emergency in eight counties Friday as weather predictions say Hurricane Joaquin is expected to hit off the East Coast. The state of emergency still remains for 15 counties and Baltimore City, as the governor warns residents of potential flooding from heavy rains.

“With the storm moving away from our coasts, we are directing state resources to the counties and areas with the highest potential to need assistance,” Mr. Hogan said in a statement. “However, the majority of the state still remains under a state of emergency and rain and wind gusts could cause power outages and flooding in low-lying areas. We continue to encourage Marylanders to use common sense and look after family members and neighbors who might need help during this time.”

The eight counties are: Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick, Carroll, Montgomery, Howard and Prince George’s.

The state of emergency remains in the other parts of Maryland until further notice so that help and resources can be coordinated.

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) said residents in low-lying areas, in coastlines or near the Chesapeake Bay need to remain alert.

“It is essential that residents continue to listen to instructions from local officials and know the current forecast by following your local emergency management office, forecasters, and news stations,” Russ Strickland, director of MEMA, said in the statement.

The agency offered the following tips:

• Due to wind gusts and saturated soil, power outages are possible. Be prepared to be without electricity and while the power is still on, keep cellphones, tablets, other devices and back-up batteries fully charged.
• To report power outages, and find additional emergency contact information, visit http://mema.maryland.gov/Pages/PowerOutages.aspx.
• Fuel up your automobile before any storm and make sure to have car chargers available for devices. In a power outage, you can use your car to charge cellphones and tablets.
• Don’t wait. Communicate. Know how to get in contact with your friends and family during any emergency.

For more information, visit MEMA’s website at mema.maryland.gov.

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