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.
Waking up to dense fog today. Poor visibility slowing us down.
But at least it's mild. Temps are about 15-degrees above average today, despite the continued clouds & drizzle. High in the lower 60s.
Our next cold front comes through tomorrow, with rain, especially on Friday afternoon. With the blast of cold air that follows, we'll probably have a dry day on Saturday, and the chance of a Sunday wintry mix into the afternoon and evening. Stay tuned!