LUSBY, Md. (AP) — The Calvert County Commissioners have ordered a mandatory evacuation of homes within 100 feet of the cliffs along the Chesapeake Bay as Hurricane Irene moves into southern Maryland.

The county says the storm brings the potential for high winds, heavy rain and large battering waves in the bay that may pose a danger for unstable cliff areas. Jerry Clark, a county commissioner who oversees the area, says the evacuation order affects about 230 homes. Clark says officials are going into the neighborhoods with loud speakers to alert residents.

Meanwhile, the county is asking residents who live in low-lying areas to secure their homes and then leave until after the storm passes. The county has opened three shelters for those who need to relocate temporarily.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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