- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

REISTERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has declared a state of emergency to allow emergency responders to begin to prepare for flooding from heavy rains and damage from a hurricane.

The governor spoke Thursday afternoon from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency in Reisterstown.

Drenching storms are moving up the East Coast, a region already swamped by rain from earlier this week. The waters have done damage in the Carolinas and southwest Virginia, and could cause power outages and close roads in the Mid-Atlantic.

The approach of Hurricane Joaquin (wah-KEEN’) could intensify the damage, but rain is forecast across the region regardless of that storm’s path.

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