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 following remarks.
TEXT OF GOVERNOR’S REMARKS
Over the last day, forecasts from the National Hurricane Center have moved the projected track of Irene closer and closer to the Delaware coast. The current forecast has the center of the hurricane passing literally a few miles off our coast. What that could mean for us, based on the current forecast is:
§ More than a foot of rain along the coast, with up to 9 to 10 inches inland Sussex and in Kent and New Castle Counties.
§ In the area of Fenwick Island and Bethany Beach, sustained winds of 85 miles per hour and gusts over 100 miles per hour.
§ In the area of Rehoboth and Lewes, sustained winds over 50 with gusts of more than 60.
§ Inland Sussex and Kent and New Castle can expect sustained winds of more than 40 miles per hour in some places.
§ There will be two high tides – Saturday evening and Sunday morning -- and those