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This satellite image taken Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 at 8 a.m. EDT, and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows Hurricane Joaquin. The powerful Category 4 hurricane pounded lightly populated islands of the eastern Bahamas on Thursday, and forecasters said it could grow more intense while following a path that would near the U.S. East Coast by the weekend. (NOAA via AP)

Hogan: State of emergency in Md. for storm preparations

REISTERSTOWN — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has declared a state of emergency to allow emergency responders to begin to prepare for flooding from heavy rains and damage from a hurricane.

The governor spoke Thursday afternoon from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency in Reisterstown.

Drenching storms are moving up the East Coast, a region already swamped by rain from earlier this week. The waters have done damage in the Carolinas and southwest Virginia, and could cause power outages and close roads in the Mid-Atlantic.

 

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The approach of Hurricane Joaquin could intensify the damage, but rain is forecast across the region regardless of that storm’s path.