MD and VA in states of emergency ahead of Hermine

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The governors of Maryland and Virginia have declared states of emergency due to Hurricane Hermine, which has already caused serious damage and one death in Florida.

“While the path of Tropical Storm Hermine remains uncertain, this state of emergency will ensure that resources and support are readily available if flooding and other damage does occur,” said Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. “I strongly encourage Marylanders to pay close attention to this storm system and, if appropriate, to start preparing for potential flooding or any other possible hazards.”

Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia expressed similar sentiments, urging Virginians to limit travel in the case that the aftereffects of Hermine leads to storm surge and flooding.

“Public safety personnel are coordinating state efforts to track the storm and respond to any emergencies,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran. “We encourage the public to exercise good judgement and stay up to date by following the Virginia Department of Emergency Management on social media.”

Some Amtrak services have been suspended in the Southeast for Saturday and Sunday.

Information for residents of Virginia about how to prepare for flooding  is available here, and Marylanders can find similar information at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency’s website.  Stay with DCW50 for weather updates as the storm progresses.