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MyCoast Maryland data shows impact of January flooding

BALTIMORE, MD—On January 9, 2024, Maryland was hit by a storm that brought intense rain, strong winds, and high tides. It resulted in the most active week yet for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ MyCoast MD app. The app allows users to submit reports and photos of flooding, as well as other environmental information. The storm brought in about …


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Governor Moore declares first State of Preparedness ahead of dangerous winter weather system, State officials ask residents to share flood photos on MyCoast Maryland app

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Wes Moore on Tuesday morning signed the State’s first State of Preparedness declaration (PDF) ahead of a potentially hazardous winter weather system that is expected to bring damaging winds, heavy rain, and potential flooding to areas of Maryland. According to the National Weather Service, the significant weather system is expected to impact the region Tuesday afternoon and evening, …


Forecasters warn of hazardous weather conditions in Baltimore area on Tuesday evening, State Activation Level raised to ‘ENHANCED’

BALTIMORE, MD—The National Weather Service says weather conditions will deteriorate as a strong frontal system approaches on Tuesday afternoon, then passes through the greater Baltimore/Washington region Tuesday evening. This will result high winds capable of downing trees and powerlines, tidal flooding, and the potential for flooding of small streams and creeks. This will create hazardous travel conditions late Tuesday afternoon …

Baltimore City rolls out new BMORE Alert mass notification system

BALTIMORE, MD—Baltimore City is rolling out a new emergency alert system that ensures the timely and adequate communication of critical events, pertinent information, and real-time alerts to all those who work, live, and play in Baltimore City. The Office of Emergency Management had previously utilized a system by the name of Code Red but has now transitioned to a NEW …

Governor Moore signs Executive Order to enhance government coordination ahead of emergencies

ANNAPOLIS, MD—In a move to promote the safety and well-being of Maryland residents and visitors, Governor Wes Moore on Tuesday signed an executive order (PDF) establishing a State of Preparedness. This important initiative will enhance the state’s ability to respond swiftly and effectively to potential hazards and threats in advance of an actual disaster. “The safety and security of our …

Governor Moore declares State of Emergency as Tropical Storm Ophelia approaches Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Wes Moore has declared a State of Emergency as Tropical Storm Ophelia approaches Maryland. High winds and heavy rains are expected on Saturday and Sunday as the system bears down on the mid-Atlantic. A Wind Advisory is in effect for Saturday and State Highway Administration crews are on alert. On Friday evening, Governor Moore issued the following statement: …

FEMA, FCC plan nationwide Emergency Alert Test in October

WASHINGTON—The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) this fall. The national test will consist of two portions, testing WEA and EAS capabilities. Both tests are scheduled to begin at approximately 2:20 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 4, …

NOAA predicts a near-normal 2023 Atlantic hurricane season

BALTIMORE, MD—NOAA forecasters with the Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service, predict near-normal hurricane activity in the Atlantic this year. NOAA’s outlook for the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season, which goes from June 1 to November 30, predicts a 40% chance of a near-normal season, a 30% chance of an above-normal season and a 30% chance of …