Although Maryland State Police is not handing out citations for being on the road, they are strongly discouraging residents from driving.
State police spokesperson Greg Shipley warned residents that increasing amount of standing water is a significant hazard to drivers because of the high risk for vehicles to hydroplane. “People don’t realize that you don’t have to be going that fast on the road to hydroplane,” he said.
Hydroplaning is caused by water being pushed up to the tires and creating a barrier of water, which decreases tire traction and inhibits drivers’ ability to safely steer their vehicles. Basically, Shipley added, the vehicle will be traveling on top of water.
Drivers could also run into other hazards like downed trees and powers lines as the wind speed continues to pick up. Traveling at night will be even more dangerous as debris and standing water becomes less visible.
The governor has recently closed Hatem Bridge and Bay Bridge. Tydings Memorial Bridge remains open but will likely be closed soon. Wind restrictions are in effect, which means that while tractor trailers or box trucks are allowed to travel, drivers operating small vehicles are urged to use extreme caution.