Hurricane Florence- Update #2

The track for Hurricane Florence shifted as forecast models now have the Category 4 hurricane turning to the southwest. The Delmarva Peninsula is not in the storm’s most serious impact zone, but Worcester County could still see moderate wind and rain along with storm surges and tidal flooding, according to the National Hurricane Center.

As of 5 a.m. Florence was still packing maximum winds of 130 mph as it surges west-northwest at 17 mph, the National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. update Wednesday.

Information for Ocean Pines Residents and Guests:

  1. Remove and secure objects outside your home and business that may become projectiles during high winds, like lawn furniture and potted plants.
  2. Sign up for PinesAlerts to get emergency alerts from the Ocean Pines Association via text message by texting the word PINES to the telephone number 88474.
  3. Visit for a good list of supplies to have on hand in the event of a hurricane or tropical storm, including drinking water, a first-aid kit, non-perishable food, a radio, flashlight and batteries, phone charger and blankets.
  4. Have a family emergency plan in place. Plan evacuation routes from home and work and how you will be in touch with members of your family.
  5. Be informed. Learn more about steps you can take now to prepare for an emergency. Look for emergency preparedness information at
  6. Get The Latest. Monitor local news and Channel 78 on Mediacom for severe weather updates.
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Please only call 911 in a life-threatening emergency.

Worcester Residents In Low-Lying Areas Urged To Evacuate

Worcester County Emergency Services (WCES) urges those residing in mobile homes and low-lying, flood-prone areas in Zone A to make preparations to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Florence. Though no mandatory evacuation order has been issued at this time, residents in low-lying areas and mobile homes are extremely vulnerable to anticipated hurricane conditions. Read more.

Maryland Department of Agriculture Urges Hurricane Preparedness Plans to Include Pets, Livestock

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – With Hurricane Florence’s potential approach toward the East Coast, the Maryland Department of Agriculture reminds animal owners and caretakers to include pets and livestock in all disaster preparedness plans. Disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes and floods, can occur at any time. The time to prepare for these events is before they occur. Read more.

Hogan Administration Announces Statewide Response Efforts to Florence

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (September 11, 2018) — Governor Larry Hogan has directed state agencies to work together to keep Marylanders safe and informed as Hurricane Florence continues to head towards the U.S. eastern seaboard. Large areas of Maryland have already experienced significant rainfall in the past few days, making the ground saturated with water and thus making this storm a serious threat to life and property.

“I have signed Executive Order 01.01.2018.22 declaring a state of emergency beginning Monday, September 10, 2018 ahead of the landfall of Hurricane Florence,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “There is an elevated potential for historic and catastrophic rainfall, life-threatening flooding, and high winds. I urge Marylanders to stay tuned to your local news stations for the latest updates, listen to state and local authorities, use common sense, and most importantly, plan and be prepared ahead of this storm. Do not wait until Wednesday,” he added.

Governor Hogan has directed Maryland state agencies to provide any support needed to local jurisdictions and Maryland residents who may be potentially affected by Florence. “Our administration is committed to doing all that we can to ensure Marylanders remain safe and impacted communities are able to recover from this severe weather once it passes,” he concluded.

State agencies are supporting the local response as this event unfolds. MEMA advises the public, especially those living in or around coastal areas or areas prone to flooding to be “extremely vigilant” during this event. Read more.

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