Travelers Urged to Pay Close Attention to Weather Forecasts

beltway-traffic-slide-2r-450X250If you are traveling this holiday weekend, it’s important to pay attention to the weather forecast.

Tropical Storm Hermine is expected to affect the Eastern Shore and parts of southern Maryland, although a track to the west could impact additional parts of the State.

“While the Eastern Shore and southern regions of the State are expected to feel the brunt of the storm, gusty winds and potentially heavy periods of rain may impact the Baltimore and Washington D.C. regions as well,” said State Highway Administration (SHA) Administrator Gregory Johnson. “SHA maintenance crews are prepared and ready to respond across the state.”

According to an SHA news release, road crews have been inspecting, cleaning and clearing storm water ditches, drains and inlets. Crews from SHA maintenance facilities also evaluated all emergency response equipment such as high water signs, chain saws, chippers, loaders and grading trucks.

The approaching storm could result in scattered power outages. SHA officials are reminding motorists that if you encounter an intersection where traffic signals are without power, treat all directions of the intersection as a four-way stop.

SHA also advises motorists to stay aware of the forecast and, should heavy rain and high wind begin to affect the area, curtail travel as much as possible.

“I urge all those in or planning to travel to areas impacted by Tropical Storm Hermine to be vigilant,” said Maryland Governor Larry Hogan on his Twitter account. “Stay safe this weekend.”

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