With Winter Storm Stella bearing down on the region as we speak, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan have declared states of emergency in both states. Gov. Hogan’s state of emergency in Maryland began last night at 9 in order to get ahead of the storm. The New Jersey declaration has forced state offices to close for today. Non-essential employees will not report, essential employees should still go in at normal time. Delaware hasn’t declared state of emergency, but Governor Carney did call for a Level 1 Driving Warning in New Castle that started at midnight. Carney urges you to use extra caution when driving, especially in the upper part of the state. Sussex County will get mostly rain, and a coastal flood watch will begin at 7 a.m. today and last until 3 p.m.