President Declares State of Emergency in MD

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President Obama has declared a state of emergency for Maryland, making federal aid available as Hurricane Irene's winds and rain arrive in the state.

The declaration brings the state help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, supplementing state and local responses to the storm.

FEMA says the declaration will allow the government to help save lives and protect public health, safety and property, and specifically mentions the threat to the city of Baltimore and the Eastern Shore counties of Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's, Somerset,Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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