Ocean City Emergency Services is continuing to monitor the winter storm system that is effecting the coast. At this time the predictions remain consistent with initial forecasts, estimating sustained winds at 35 mph and gusts between 50-60 mph. Approximately three inches of rain and potential snow is expected, which will result in moderate flooding when combined with the storm and tidal surges.
Minor property damage and power outages due to wind have been experienced throughout town. Citizens should also prepare for possible power outages lasting several hours or even several days. The Town of Ocean City will continue to update citizens of utility outages as frequently as possible, however; citizens can view outages at: http://www.delmarva.com/pages/connectwithus/outages/outagemaps.aspx
Additional precipitation, including rain and snow, high winds and flooding is going to continue through tomorrowmorning. With heavy winds and flooding expected to continue, residents and visitors are encouraged to stay off the roadways. If you are driving in or just after heavy rains and you see standing water, do NOT drive through the water.
Before, during and after the storm, the Town of Ocean City will be posting storm related information on various websites, social media outlets and through the Emergency Alert system. In an effort to keep citizens informed with the most updated and accurate information, the Town of Ocean City will be posting storm related information on the following outlets:
- City Wide Emergency Alerts: Citizens can sign up for emergency alerts by visiting:http://oceancitymd.gov/enews and subscribing to “City Wide Emergency Alerts.”
- Town of Ocean City Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TownOfOceanCity
- Town of Ocean City Twitter: @townofoceancity
- Town of Ocean City website: www.oceancitymd.gov
- FM Advisory Radio Station – 99.5
- Town of Ocean City Access Channels 4 & 15
- Emergency Management Hotline: 410-723-6666
The Town of Ocean City’s Emergency Services personnel will be working closely with local and state representatives to provide citizens with timely, accurate and essential information before, during and after the storm. Citizens are encouraged to Know Your Zone and Division and be prepared for any impact the storm may have on Ocean City. To begin preparing, citizens should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan for potential relocation during a flooding event.