Hurricane Irene (2011)

Army Corps of Engineers developing plan to guide hurricane evacuations in Maryland

Army Corps of Engineers developing plan to guide hurricane evacuations in Maryland

Amid the most active hurricane season in more than a decade, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is developing a plan to help Maryland officials better know where and when to order evacuations ahead of tropical cyclones.

Officials have mapped the potential storm surge for cyclones as strong as Category 4 — they don’t believe it’s possible for a Category 5 storm to hit Maryland — and will work with local officials to map out evacuation zones. Then officials will analyze transportation systems to determine how long it would take for residents to clear out.

The evaluation is a regular exercise, but this time is factoring data from recent events — including devastation wrought by...

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