Delaware Gov. Jack Markell on Sunday expanded an executive order that declared a state of emergency to include that businesses in the mandatory evacuation zone close at 6 p.m.
The mandatory evacuation, which includes Sussex, Kent and New Castle counties, began Saturday at 8 p.m. and must be completed by 8 p.m. Sunday night.
"This storm is severe and its potential damages significant," Markell said in a statement.
"It is critical that residents in areas of greatest risk leave those areas now before the storm's full force is felt and lives are put at greater risk."
The Delaware governor spent much of Sunday with emergency responders and state workers at the Delaware Emergency Management Agency and in flood-prone areas, his office said.
Not the prettiest Friday, but we're ready for a great weekend. Expect scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout the day. After an early high in the upper sixties, temperatures fall & winds pick up out of the chillier northwest. Right now the Memorial Day Weekend looks sunny and cool with highs in the low to mid 60s on Saturday, in the 70s Sunday & Monday. Cooler temps at the shore.