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August 25, 2011
Governor Orders Visitors to Leave Delaware and Urges Residents to Evacuate
Hurricane Irene "Serious Threat" to Delaware
As of 6:00 p.m. a State of Emergency is issued for the state of Delaware and Governor Jack Markell has ordered a mandatory evacuation of visitors (non-residents) along Delaware’s coastal areas and is strongly urging residents with the ability to leave beach communities to depart as soon as practically possible and take shelter with friends or family inland. Given the track and intensity of Hurricane Irene, mandatory evacuations of coastal area residents are highly likely. The Emergency Order is pasted below.
Shelters in the state will open tomorrow morning and a list of shelters will be issued this evening.
During a 4:45 p.m. news conference with reporters, the Governor made the remarks available here.
DECLARATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR THE STATE OF DELAWARE AND
MANDATORY EVACUATION OF COASTAL AREAS
WHEREAS, over the last 24 hours, forecasts from the National Hurricane Center have moved the projected track of Hurricane Irene closer and closer to the Delaware shoreline, with the most recent forecasts projecting that the center of the hurricane will pass along Delaware’s coast; and
WHEREAS, Hurricane Irene is expected to cause heavy rain, severe winds, high tides and flooding, and has the potential to inflict significant damage and create unusually dangerous conditions in the State of Delaware; and
WHEREAS, the effects of this storm system threaten public safety; and
WHEREAS, it is necessary to pre-stage and potentially deploy resources and assets of the Delaware National Guard in anticipation of responding to any such threat to public safety; and
WHEREAS, based upon evidence presented to me by the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (“DEMA”), I have found that there is an imminent threat of an emergency in New Castle, Kent and Sussex Counties.
NOW THEREFORE, I, JACK A. MARKELL, pursuant to Title 20, Chapter 31 of the Delaware Code, do hereby declare a State of Emergency for New Castle, Kent and Sussex Counties, Delaware effective Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 6:00 PM EDT and lasting until further notice. The nature of the emergency is the imminent threat of flooding and other potentially dangerous effects caused by Hurricane Irene. Along with such other actions authorized by Title 20, Chapter 31 of the Delaware Code, I hereby order that:
All other locations within three-quarters of a mile of a major waterway in eastern Sussex County, including Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Rehoboth Bay, Indian River Bay, Little Assawoman Bay, and Pepper Creek.
All other locations within three-quarters of a mile of a major waterway in eastern Kent County.
Approved this 25th day of August, 2011, at 6:00 PM EDT
Governor Jack Markell