Gov. Hogan declares state of emergency for Maryland as Florence approaches

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Governor Larry Hogan announced a state of emergency for Maryland Monday, joining the governors of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia who have done the same.

As Hurricane Florence is approaching the East Coast, officials are warning the public to prepare for its potential impact.

Florence became a Category 4 hurricane Monday with maximum sustained winds at 130 mph.

“We’re monitoring Hurricane Florence and its potential impact on our region & state, and I am receiving regular briefings from our emergency management team,” tweeted Hogan. “I urge Marylanders to closely follow local forecasts for weather information & for official declarations.”

Maryland residents can check to see if they live in a flood-prone area with a new map from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency. State officials encourage the public to “know your zone” in the event that evacuations become necessary.