Public Shelters Opening in Tri-County Area as Hanna Approaches

LA PLATA, Md. (Sept. 5, 2008)—Local governments in Charles, St. Mary's, and Calvert Counties have announced plans to open public shelters in anticipation of high winds, flooding, electrical outages, and possible tornadoes that may be produced by Tropical Storm Hanna as the storm begins its move through the State.

Currently, the National Weather Service has placed the entire Southern Maryland region under a Tropical Storm Warning. This warning means that tropical storm conditions could begin affecting the region within the next 24 hours.

Charles County will be opening a shelter at La Plata High School, 6035 Radio Station Road, La Plata, beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 6. Residents can visit and click on "News Alerts" for up-to-date information.

The St. Mary's County Commissioners have made the decision to open a shelter beginning at 8 p.m. this evening at Leonardtown High School in Leonardtown. The shelter will remain open until Sunday.

The Calvert County Commissioners have made the decision to open a shelter at Calvert High School in Prince Frederick at 8 p.m. tonight. Residents can visit or call 410-535-0396 or 410-535-0314 for additional information.

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