In anticipation of possible severe storms.
The State Emergency Operations Center has moved to Level 2 operations at 10 a.m. in anticipation of severe weather this afternoon. Level 2 indicates several other state agencies -- primarily those in support of transportation, law enforcement and other emergency response agencies -- will be in the EOC to coordinate state assistance to local emergency managers.
The Maryland Emergency Management Agency has been monitoring this weather system since early Wednesday and has conducted several conference calls with the four National Weather Service offices which cover Maryland, various utility providers, local emergency managers and staff from key state agencies.
The weather system has the potential to produce severe thunderstorms, flash flooding, tornadoes, hail, damaging winds and widespread power outages. Residents are urged to follow local news and weather broadcasts or a weather radio throughout the day to be aware of severe weather that might be headed toward your community.