Worcester County Emergency Services urges public to prepare for Tropical Storm Elsa

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a tropical storm and flash flood watch for the Worcester County area. NWS forecasters are predicting dangerous rip currents, two to three inches of rain, and winds between 35 to 40 mph, with gusts between 40 to 55 mph, beginning as soon as Thursday afternoon and continuing into Thursday night.

Worcester County Emergency Services (WCES) officials are monitoring the storm track and are urging the public to begin implementing precautionary measures.

Secure boats and outdoor objects, such as lawn furniture and trash cans, that could become airborne during high winds. Construction companies should secure equipment and properly dispose of debris. Other storm preparedness actions should include the following:

  • Gather flashlights, batteries, and a portable radio in the event of a power outage.
  • Keep water and canned/packaged foods on hand that do not require cooking or refrigeration.
  • Always avoid traveling on or crossing flooded roadways, and heed the public service message, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”
  • Swimmers, don’t enter water if unsure of conditions. Nearly all rip deaths happen at unguarded beaches or after guards have left.

Those residing in low-lying, flood-prone areas or mobile homes should make preparations for the possibility of evacuating due to the current weather forecasts for our area.

Learn more about storm preparedness at www.co.worcester.md.us where you can click on Know Your Zone to view a copy of the Worcester County Evacuation Zone Maps, craft an emergency preparedness kit customized to the needs of your family, and sign up for Code Red emergency alerts.