Downed trees and some minor flooding possible with weekend rainfall

While effects to Worcester County from Hurricane Matthew should be minimal, some minor coastal flooding and downed trees in areas where the ground is already saturated from recent heavy rains are expected. Residents should use caution when traveling in areas where recent flooding has occurred and be aware of the possibility of falling trees.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), widespread rainfall flooding is not anticipated, since rainfall will likely occur over an 18-24-hour period from Friday night through Saturday night.

Have a plan. Even with advanced warning systems, disasters often strike quickly and affect large areas. Residents are urged to assemble a disaster supply kit and create an evacuation plan that can be modified as needed to address potential future natural or manmade disasters. Learn how to develop a plan by picking up a copy of the “Worcester County Emergency Preparedness Guide,” which is available at all branches of the Worcester County Library, municipal town offices or Ocean Pines Association office and Worcester County Government Center. 

The Worcester County Commissioners recognize that a number of county residents have friends and own properties in areas, such as North Carolina and Florida, that lie in the current path of the hurricane. Our thoughts and prayers are with all who may be impacted by this weather emergency.