Next High Tide at 1:52 p.m., Moderate Flooding, High Winds Expected
OCEAN CITY, MD – (October 4, 2015): As minor flooding and strong winds continue, reported damage remains minimal throughout Ocean City. Residents and visitors should expect light rain and strong winds today with moderate flooding to low-lying areas during high tidal cycles.
The National Weather Service has placed Ocean City under a wind advisory until 8 p.m. this evening, Sunday, October 4. Sustained winds are approximately 30 to 35 mph with gusts expected to reach 45 to 60 mph.
The Inlet Parking Lot and the beach remain closed to the public until further notice. Ocean City Public Works has begun cleaning up the beach and boardwalk after significant amounts of sand were displaced from the surf. Due to strong rip currents that occur during and after storms, citizens are reminded not to swim in the ocean when conditions improve.
Various streets in Ocean City, specifically in the downtown area, continue to be subject to closures due to impassible roadways at high tide over the next several days. Although no power outages were experienced overnight, additional outages are possible during high tide cycles. Minimal damage and no injuries due to the storm have been reported at this time.
Hurricane Joaquin continues to track east, impacting Ocean City with strong winds and potential flooding through Monday. Minimal effects from the hurricane are expected for our area, although Ocean City’s Emergency Management staff continues to monitor the storm’s path.
The next update regarding weather conditions is expected to be before 5 p.m. today, Sunday, October 4.
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 be prepared for any impact the storm may have on Ocean City. For more information regarding storm preparedness, please visit: http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes.
Joaquin – 8
Jessica N. Waters
Communications Manager | Town of Ocean City
O: 410-289-8967 | C: 443-235-2650
301 Baltimore Avenue, Ocean City, Maryland 21842 | www.oceancitymd.gov