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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12:44 p.m. Parkville Patch reader Tonika Garibaldi submitted a great photograph of President Obama as he waved to onlookers who lined Hiss Avenue. If you waited outside, but missed the moment—Tonika captures it here perfectly. Thanks, Tonika! 11 a.m. Talk about a whirlwind visit. President Obama departed Parkville as quickly as he arrived. Some 50 minutes after his motorcade arrived along Hiss Avenue—with just a brief glimpse of the president waving behind his limousine's tinted windows—Obama was leaving the same way he came in. Well, at least it was an excuse to be outside in the nearly spring-like temperatures. The local media was not allowed inside the school, but Obama was scheduled to meet with eighth-grade science students. He was…