Tropical Storm Warning by NWS
A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Snow Hill, Pocomoke City, and Berlin. The latest local forecast indicates wind speeds below tropical storm force, with peak winds reaching 25-35 mph and gusts up to 50 mph. There is a potential for wind speeds of 39 to 57 mph, which could result in limited damage to structures such as porches, awnings, carports, sheds, and unanchored mobile homes. Additionally, tree limbs may break off, and a few trees could snap or be uprooted, especially if the soil is saturated. Some roadway signs may sustain damage, and there may be debris on a few impassable roads, as well as hazardous driving conditions on bridges and elevated roadways. Scattered power and communications outages are also possible. Regarding storm surge, localized flooding of 1-3 feet above ground level is possible in surge-prone areas. Residents should shelter against storm surge flooding and expect low-lying roads and properties to be flooded. It is important to stay away from storm surge-prone areas and follow the instructions of local officials. The forecast also calls for additional rainfall of 2-4 inches, with locally higher amounts, leading to a potential for moderate flooding. Emergency plans should consider the possibility of heavy rain causing flooding, and evacuations and rescues may be necessary. Rivers, tributaries, small streams, creeks, and ditches could overflow, and structures may be affected by floodwaters. Driving conditions will become hazardous, and road and bridge closures are expected. Although the situation is somewhat favorable for tornadoes, the threat remains limited with the potential for a few tornadoes. Emergency plans should account for this possibility, particularly for those in tornado-vulnerable areas. If a tornado warning is issued, quick sheltering is advised. Tornadoes may cause some damage to buildings, power disruptions, and communication issues. Roofs, chimneys, and mobile homes could be affected, along with trees, vehicles, and execution of emergency plans in affected areas. For more information, visit the websites http://ready.gov/hurricanes, mema.maryland.gov, and weather.gov/akq.
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