State officials are urging caution as Hurricane Dorian appears headed for landfall near the Carolina coastline.
According to a statewide conference call of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) on Wednesday, the potential impact for Marylanders is moderate coastal flooding and rainfalls ranging from 1 to 3 inches on the Eastern Shore. Because of the current offshore track there isn’t a threat of tornados, but there are high risks of rip currents in coastal waterways.
According to MEMA, the worst-case scenario is the system will track closer to the coastline and create more storm surges and winds. The mostly likely scenario is the system will remain further out to sea, with the biggest impacts on Maryland occurring on the Eastern Shore. Minor flooding is likely, and possible moderate flooding could occur if the storm moves closer to the coast. Flooding could occur late Thursday and into Friday, with the system expected to move out to sea late Friday and into Saturday.
The impacts of Dorian, likely to be a tropical storm by the time it reaches Maryland, include stronger wind gusts sustained at 45-55 miles per hour. The earliest projected arrival is Thursday evening, with tropical storm winds and moderate flooding possible on Friday morning around 11 a.m. If Dorian tracks further west, winds will increase.
Between 1 to 1.5 inches of rain could occur in southern parts of the state through 8 a.m. Friday, with up to 3-4 inches of rain forecast through Friday.
Ocean Pines Police are closely monitoring the situation. Residents are advised not to panic, but to be prepared and to continue to monitor the storm’s progress.
According to the National Weather Service, a disaster supply kit should include food and water, medicine, batteries, a radio and chargers, and extra cash on hand. Cars should be gassed up, in case of emergency.
For the latest updates from the National Weather Service, visit https://www.weather.gov/akq.