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For immediate release
October 29, 2012 8:50 a.m.
Town of Ocean City, Maryland
Media contact: Jessica Waters
Town of Ocean City Advising Residents to Shelter in Place The Town of Ocean City is advising citizens who have not evacuated to shelter in place by remaining where you are for the duration of the storm. Residents and visitors should stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows or glass doors. Also, Emergency Services officials are requesting citizens stay off the roadway as conditions are expected to worsen. Citizens should keep curtains and blinds closed, close all interior doors and secure and brace external doors. Also, it’s important for residents and visitors to not be fooled if there is a lull in the storm, as it could be the eye of the storm and winds could pick up again. If necessary, take refuge in a small interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest level. The projected path is continuing to follow the predicted forecast. At this time the storm is expected to be at its worse between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. today, with estimated sustained winds at 40‐50 mph with possible gusts reaching hurricane strength. Approximately 10 inches of rain is expected, which will result in severe flooding in low lying areas when combined with the storm and tidal surges. The Emergency Operation Center is fully staffed and operating 24 hours. Ocean City Emergency Responders, including fire and police personnel, have responded to numerous weather related premise alarms and fire alarm activations, however; no injuries have been reported at this time. At approximately 7 a.m. today, the Ocean City fishing pier was significantly damaged after losing several pieces throughout the storm.
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. Residents with questions or concerns can contact 410.289.8967.
The next scheduled update is expected at approximately 12 p.m. today October 29. A media briefing will be held at 10 a.m. at the Public Safety Building on 65th Street and Coastal Highway. ###
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