Is Maryland ready for the next big storm?

WASHINGTON — In Maryland, which has historically ducked many of the worst storms of the last 50 years, the question is increasingly not if but when the next big one will strike. And while some believe the state has often…

New FEMA Flood Maps Could Mean Insurance Rate Adjustments for Coastal Marylanders

Floodplain maps have been redrawn by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware, a change that could shift properties into or out of a flood risk zone.

Strong El Nino Could Mean Weak Hurricane Season

Climate scientists expect a particularly strong El Nino this summer to lead to fewer hurricanes in the Atlantic, including Maryland.

Solar Energy Could Provide Quicker Recovery During Blackouts

In the wake of a natural disaster, homes with solar panels can get the lights back on and the refrigerator cooled much more quickly than those without.

Chesapeake Murky and Debris-Strewn after Recent Downpours

The relentless rain caused by Tropical Storm Lee swelled the Susquehanna River and other Chesapeake Bay tributaries to historic levels, and officials are concerned that the resulting influx of nutrients and sediments could harm aquatic life.

Council of Governments Recognizes Need for More Planning

Area leaders are working to develop a better system of communication following the recent 5.8 earthquake, hurricane and tropical storm that left thousands of residents without power and a source of information.

Food Banks, Soup Kitchens Hurt by Hurricane Irene

Food banks and state organizations are scrambling to provide food for families who are struggling after Hurricane Irene.

Sewage Spill after Hurricane Irene Limits Shellfish Harvesting in Part of Chesapeake

Most of Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay will reopen to shellfish harvesting Sunday after a weeklong closure.