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Obama Signs Emergency Declaration for Maryland as Hurricane Irene Approaches

Baltimore County and City and seven other counties are affected by declaration.

President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in Maryland Saturday afternoon as the first rain bands of Hurricane Irene reached the Baltimore metropolitan area.

The declaration authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief efforts in the state.

Baltimore, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, Worcester and Baltimore City are affected by the declaration, which brings with it federal money to help pay for local responses to the storm.

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