Maryland rescue crews were dispatched Labor Day weekend to Florida as the coastal state braces for a hit from Category 4 Hurricane Dorian.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency dispatched the Montgomery County-based Maryland Task Force One and other regional emergency rescue crews to head to Florida before the storm strikes, according to Montgomery fire and rescue spokesman Pete Piringer.
Meteorologists at the National Weather Service’s Baltimore/Washington forecast office said Friday afternoon that they expect Dorian to stay “well to our south” through next week. However, a hurricane watch may be required Saturday afternoon for portions of Florida’s east coast.
The core of Dorian should move over the Atlantic well north of the southeastern and central Bahamas Saturday and is expected to be near or over the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday before moving near the Florida east coast late Monday through Tuesday, according to the weather service.
Some fluctuations in intensity are likely, but Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next few days, experts said.
For now, a relatively quiet weather pattern is expected in Maryland, with highs largely in the 80s forecast through Labor Day and into next week. Storms are possible in the Baltimore region Monday and again Wednesday.