Ocean City Storm Photos: Friday p.m., Part 2

Posted on November 14, 2009

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The Ocean City Beach, and West Ocean City

surf 1

These photos were taken between 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Friday. This is a shot from the Boardwalk. You can see that the ocean is still quite angry, and lots of sand has piled up behind the sand fence line, creating a small dune.

WOC boat

Over in West Ocean City, high water is right up to the piers at a small private marina, and it’s not high tide yet.

WOC marsh grass

A little color, please. Natural beauty can be found anywhere you look along the bay. This marsh grass is blowing in the wind in West Ocean City.

3rd st beach

Back on the Ocean City beach, sand piled against the fence at 3rd Street.

beach look n.

Successive drifts of sand and lines of sand fence looking north from 4th Street.

boat slips

Pilings stand guard at a long row of empty boat slips in West Ocean City, with the piers mostly submerged.

WOC washover

And water washing over a pier in West Ocean City. Again, it’s not yet high tide.

37St dune

And our last picture for tonight (actually, it’s now 1:37 a.m. Saturday morning at my computer). Here’s a BIG sand dune with well-established grasses. Ocean City’s 10-mile-long beach is well protected by a line of sand dunes established with days like these past three days in mind. Storms come our way with some regularity, and for that reason, the dunes have been nurtured and protected for many years to resist waves and wind.

I think a big Nor’easter like the one that’s drifting north now is no match for Ocean City’s big dunes, and the solid concrete sea wall along the Boardwalk. But that’s no reason to be complacent about future storms. It’s only prudent to take precautions, and wise to follow all  instructions issued by authorities during hurricanes and Nor’easters.

I have more good photos of the big sand dunes, and more to say about them. But that post will have to wait until Sunday or Monday.

— John Hayden

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