Gov. Jack Markell lifted a state of emergency for Sussex County late Sunday night.
Gov. Jack Markell on Sunday night lifted the limited state of emergency for Sussex County he had imposed the day before as Tropical Storm Hermine approached the Mid-Atlantic region.
Although it did not make landfall in the First State, Hermine brought rain, moderate winds, and localized flooding during high tide to Delaware's coastal region. However, the storm track has continued to keep the system off the coast although it is not expected to bring additional rain or damaging wind to the First State.
Markell said members of the public should be mindful that higher than normal water levels at high tide will continue to be experienced along the coast and lower Delaware Bay communities through at least Tuesday morning and with it the possibility of localized flooding in those areas. Individuals in those areas should continue to have a plan in place if water levels begin to rise. State and local emergency services, transportation, law enforcement and other agencies will continue to closely observe Hermine's effect on the state and monitor forecasts for the storm as long as it remains off the Mid-Atlantic coast.
As Tropical Storm Hermine approaches Delaware, Gov. Jack Markell has issued a limited state of emergency for Sussex County that began at 5:00 p.m. 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,” Markell said. “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 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 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 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.
State and local emergency management officials, DelDOT, the Delaware National Guard, and other state agencies and service providers have been closely monitoring the storm system as it has developed. The governor is monitoring the forecast regularly and will remain in contact with emergency management and transportation officials over the course of the storm to determine any further actions that may be necessary.
Markell said the public should check local media outlets and these social media sites for storm-related updates: