Threat of Hurricane Joaquin Prompts State of Emergency, Cancellations

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The Cone of Uncertainty
The Cone of Uncertainty

Hurricane Joaquin strengthened to a powerful Category 4 on Thursday, and the Chesapeake Bay remained within the Cone of Uncertainty. While the path — both forecasted and actual — could change a lot between now and Monday, officials started taking precautions.

Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency, which frees up additional resources should the storm make landfall in the state. It also requires state agencies to prepare for a hurricane. No one is in panic mode yet, but all parties have an eye on the storm, and the forecast. If the storm were to reach Baltimore, it is highly unlikely to be at powerful storm state by the time reaches Baltimore, forecasters said.

What’s not a mystery is that it’s going to rain this weekend. A host of events have already been cancelled due to potential flooding.

Some indoor spots are even closing. We got an e-mail from Nepenthe Homebrew in Hampden saying they would be closed due to potential flooding.

Additionally, outdoor events like the Fells Point Fun Fest and Wine on the Beach in Ocean City also cancelled. But not everything is off. The Madonnari Arts Festival in Little Italy is still on.

Check out these tips for precautions you can take.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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