Area gardeners hoping for rain from Hurricane Earl to help salvage what's left of their withered flowers and vegetables are likely in for a disappointment.
Although Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a declaration of emergency in preparation for Hurricane Earl, National Weather Service officials said the rain from the hurricane is expected to stay on the East Coast and away from the Hagerstown area.
Hurricane Earl is expected to reach Maryland today about 1 a.m. and the rain associated with the hurricane is expected to be "hugging the coast," said Brandon Peloquin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va.
A cold front is expected to cross through the local area this afternoon and evening, and because that system is moving from west to east, it is expected to help turn Hurricane Earl away from the Tri-State area, Peloquin said.