Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has declared a state of emergency for Baltimore as Hurricane Irene approaches Maryland's largest city.
She made the declaration at 4:19 p.m. Friday. The mayor urged residents of low-lying areas in south and southeast Baltimore to move their vehicles and offered free parking.
Rawlings-Blake also urged those who live along streams or in areas that are subject to flooding to stay alert and to be prepared to move their vehicles or evacuate.
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