Gale warnings and watches, along with coastal flood watches, are posted for the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River, which has spurred statewide preparations in Maryland as the remnants of Hurricane Ian move up the mid-Atlantic.

“We have been preparing on all fronts to deal with the remnants of the storm,” Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement Friday. “As we always emphasize with potential flooding events, it is critical for drivers to avoid rising waters — ‘turn around, don’t drown.’ We advise Marylanders to watch the forecast closely throughout the weekend and heed local warnings.”

According to the National Weather Service, steady rain is possible late Friday through Monday, accompanied by strong wind gusts. Beginning this afternoon, a coastal flood watch is in effect for St. Mary’s County, and a gale watch is in effect for lower portions of the tidal Potomac and Chesapeake Bay.

Marylanders are encouraged to sign up for the free MdReady text alert program by texting ‘MdReady’ to 211MD1, and visit for travel updates.... Read More: Pikesville Patch