OCEAN CITY, Md.- Ocean City Emergency Services say they are continuing to monitor the projected path of Hurricane Sandy. Officials said that at this time, the resort town is beginning to see the initial effects of the storm, with accelerating winds and chances of rain arriving in the area and intensifying well into Sunday.
The town is implementing Phase I of its Emergency Operations Plan. All persons traveling to Ocean City are asked to postpone their visits until the existing situation improves. Residents in the downtown area (south of 17th Street) and those living in known flood prone areas should secure their homes and prepare for possible evacuation. In addition, all watercraft objects and outdoor furniture should be sheltered or protected.
Officials said the projected forecast, which estimates 10 inches of rainfall, combined with upcoming tidal anomalies will cause severe flooding in low lying areas. In addition to substantial rain and flooding, power outages are anticipated and could be experienced for several hours or several days.
In the event of a power loss, officials said citizens should make sure they have a disaster supply kit with a three-day supply of non-perishable food, one gallon of water per person per day, a first aid kit, a battery-powered radio and extra batteries, extra medications and any special items you needed for infants, children and pets. Businesses should take proactive measures to protect property should there be a prolonged loss of power.
During the storm, the Town of Ocean City will be posting storm related information on various websites, social media outlets, through the GovDelivery system and the television access channel.
Citizens are asked to tune into Ocean City's Government Access Channel (4 & 15) for further detailed information or advisories. To subscribe to GovDelivery, visit the "City Wide Alerts" tab on the Town of Ocean City's website at http://oceancitymd.gov .