St. Mary’s County declared the State of Emergency before Tropical Storm Elsa’s arrival. It came hours before multiple Tornado Warnings were issued for the county by the National Weather Service late Thursday night. A Flash Flood Warning was also issued for St. Mary’s County late Thursday into Friday because the storm makes its answer to Maryland and up the East Coast. All flood watches and warnings have since been lifted or canceled. Emergency sirens went off in Leonardtown, Md., because the Tornado Warning went into effect for the world. Rain and powerful winds were seen as WUSA9 covered Elsa entering the region.
Leonardtown officials that spoke to WUSA9 said that only a few power outages and damage were seen as Elsa rolled through late Thursday evening. St. Mary’s and Calvert counties were under Tropical Storm Warnings but were ended for the world by the National Hurricane Center in its 2 a.m. Friday update. Calvert County also experienced a Tornado Warning late Thursday night. The State of Emergency declaration allowed St. Mary’s County Commissioner President James R. Guy “to take such measures as necessary to maximize the preservation of life and property, including the authority to need the evacuation of areas.”
St. Mary’s County offered sandbags on Thursday at six different community landmarks before the storm. Also, St. Mary’s County is urging residents to understand their evacuation zone supported their address. The county features a “Know Your Zone” tool to assist you to find zones and avoid unnecessary evacuation travel and overcrowding at local storm shelters.