REISTERSTOWN, Md. — Gov. Larry Hogan has declared a state of emergency for the Eastern Shore and southern Maryland as tropical storm Hermine continues its way north.

Hogan signed the executive order Friday afternoon. It affects Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, Worcester, Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties.

The governor said in a statement that he signed the order in anticipation of heavy rains, strong winds and flooding.

The National Weather Service has issued tropical storm warnings for St. Mary’s, Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties.

Maryland Emergency Management Agency Director Russ Strickland says residents should monitor trusted weather sources to stay updated. He says residents and visitors to the Eastern Shore should pay extra attention, because tropical storm tracks can change quickly and unexpectedly.