Delaware governor issues limited state of emergency

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Visitors and locals were out early Saturday in Rehoboth Beach to get a look as Tropical Storm Hermine moves towards Coastal Delaware. Special to the Delaware State News/Chuck Snyder

DOVER — Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has issued a limited State of Emergency for Sussex County beginning at 5 p.m. today (Sept. 3) that allows public safety, emergency response, and transportation agencies to position resources in affected areas.

“Tropical Storm Hermine is a powerful storm that will bring significant rainfall and localized flooding, especially in coastal and Delaware Bay communities in Sussex County,” said Governor Markell in a prepared statement. “I encourage Delawareans and visitors to our state to take precautions and stay tuned to weather forecasts and transportation updates throughout the weekend.”

The National Weather Service has declared a Tropical Storm Warning for the entire State of Delaware. Significant rainfall is forecast to fall in Sussex County from today through Monday, with wind gusts as high as 50 miles per hour along the coast Sunday and Monday, and localized flooding along the coast and lower Delaware Bay during high tides on Sunday and Monday. Those in low-lying and flood-prone areas in coastal Sussex County and Delaware Bay communities in Sussex and Kent Counties should pay special attention to changing conditions and have a plan in place should water levels begin to rise.

Through today’s State of Emergency the Governor has authorized the Delaware National Guard, in coordination with the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, to pre-position its forces in anticipation of the storm’s biggest effects in Delaware Sunday and Monday. The State of Emergency declaration allows the Governor to deploy the Delaware National Guard, DelDOT, first responders, and other agencies to open and close roadways and take other actions to protect public safety and property during the storm event. The State of Emergency does not impose driving restrictions at this point, however, members of the public should closely follow media outlets and social media sites for restrictions that may be imposed should conditions change.

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