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Remnants of Hurricane Ida Expected to Bring Tornadic Activity to Worcester County

            Snow Hill, Maryland (August 31, 2021) – National Weather Service (NWS) forecasters are predicting the possibility of tornadic activity, winds of 25-30 mph, with gusts up to 50 mph, and rainfall of 1 ½ to 3 ½ inches when the remnants of Hurricane Ida impact Worcester County on Thursday, September 1. The greatest threat of tornadic activity will occur between 2-10 p.m. Thursday.

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

  • Secure outdoor objects that could become airborne during high winds. 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 drowning deaths happen at unguarded beaches or after guards have left.

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.