Nor’easter, High Tide, Some Streets Flooded in Ocean City

Posted on October 17, 2009

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Water is up the the front bumper as this pickup plows through an intersection on Philadelphia Ave. in Downtown Ocean City, Maryland, Saturday morning, 10-17-09.

Water is up to the wheels and the front bumper as this pickup plows through an intersection on Philadelphia Ave. in Downtown Ocean City, Maryland, Saturday morning, 10-17-09.

Heavy surf pounds the Inlet jetty at the south end of Ocean City, Saturday morning. Photo by Karen Harris.

Heavy surf pounds the Inlet jetty at the south end of Ocean City, Saturday morning. Photo by Karen Harris. Surf this heavy is not the norm in OC. Maybe five or six times a year during a storm.

Water was deep and still in West Ocean City’s roadside ditches this morning (Saturday). No place for the water to drain. The morning high tide was unusually high in the marshes.

Over the Route 50 bridge, the streets in Downtown Ocean City were flooded (nothing unusual during a Nor’easter at high tide).  South of the bridge, water was over the curbs at 9 a.m. on Philadelphia Ave. and St. Louis Ave., and on the side streets west of Philadelphia Ave. to the bay. North of the bridge, St. Louis Ave. was flooded but Philadelphia Ave. was dry.

If the water was any deeper, we'd need a boat.

If the water was any deeper, we'd need a boat.

Pickups, buses and SUVs plowed through the flooded streets. I didn’t see anyone get stuck, but smaller cars struggled to make headway. Most people decided quickly to turn left (east) off Philadelphia Ave. to get out of the water. Fortunately, Baltimore Avenue was clear.  By noon, the water on the streets was receding a bit.

Not great weather for the St. Jude’s Hospital fundraiser on the Boardwalk (about eight people showed up), or for the Corvette weekend. However, the rain held off Saturday morning.

Daring adventurers turned out on the Boardwalk despite the Nor'easter to raise money for St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Daring adventurers turned out on the Boardwalk despite the Nor'easter to raise money for St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Plenty of Corvettes were on display at the Inlet Parking Lot, but folks were also enjoying watching the unusually heavy surf break against the Inlet jetty.

The big October Nor’easter that’s buffeting the East Coast brought rain and wind to Maryland. A coastal flood advisory is in effect for the Atlantic coastal areas on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and Delaware and the Virginia Eastern Shore. New York and New England are getting the same storm system, and there’s snow in the Appalachian Mountains.

The temperature in Ocean City at noon was 60 degrees, and that will be about the high for today. Low tonight, 48; high Sunday, 52.

It began raining again about noon Saturday in Ocean City, and I expect the rain to continue most of the afternoon and evening. Possibly one-half inch of rain this afternoon, and another one-half inch tonight, according to the Weather Channel. Chance of rain 80 percent tonight and 40 percent on Sunday.

We have a stiff wind out of the Northeast at 20 to 25 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph.

The Nor’easter is expected to move off the coast by Monday, leaving sunny and warmer weather for the week. — John Hayden

Hurray for public transportation! A little bit of water on the road? No problem if you're driving a bus. You can ride the bus all day in Ocean City for $2, rain or shine.

Hurray for public transportation! A little bit of water on the road? No problem if you're driving a bus. You can ride the bus all day in Ocean City for $2, rain or shine.

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