Hurricane Sandy Update from Ocean City, MD — “Severe Flooding” Predicted

Posted on October 28, 2012

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The Delmarva Peninsula and southern New Jersey will receive heavy wind and rain as Hurricane Sandy moves north on Monday.

The coastal towns of Ocean City, MD, and Rehoboth Beach, Del. are facing a sustained assault of wind, rain, high tides and storm surges for most of Monday and Tuesday.

A hurricane advisory from Ocean City town government late Sunday afternoon warns of “sustained winds at 40‐45 mph and gusts between 55‐60 mph. Approximately 10 inches of rain is expected, which will result in severe flooding when combined with the storm and tidal surges.”

Ocean City has ordered a mandatory evacuation, to be completed by 8 p.m. Sunday night, of the resort town south of 17th Street. Police have been going door-to-door in that area, urging people to leave. In addition, all nonresidents, visitors and tourists are under order to evacuate the town by 8 p.m. Sunday.

Cold, heavy rain has been falling in Ocean City and West Ocean City throughout the afternoon and evening. But this is only the very beginning. Winds were moderate during the afternoon, but I can hear the winds picking up strength at 9 p.m. Sunday night.

Further access to downtown Ocean City via the Route 50 bridge has probably already been closed, and will remain closed for the duration. The Route 90 bridge, which enters the resort farther north, at 62nd St., remains open in both directions at this time.

The Weather Channel is now calling the storm a hybrid hurricane/nor’easter. It predicts the eye of the storm to be in the Atlantic Ocean off  the Coast of Norfolk, Va., early Monday morning.

The storm is expected to turn left Monday morning. The hurricane/nor’easter will rage from Norfolk through most of Maryland and Delaware and southern New Jersey all day Monday, probably into Monday night, and possibly Tuesday. By noon Monday, the storm  area will include the major East Coast cities of Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York.

Widespread power outages can be expected throughout the four-state region of Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, and beyond, according to the Weather Channel. Authorities are warning that power outages could last for days, or even longer.

The actual eye of the storm is expected to make landfall in northern New Jersey, but south of New York City. The timing is not clear to me, but it would seem to be late Monday afternoon or evening. Flooding is expected all along the East Coast, with the worst flooding possibly in the NYC metro area.

Schools have already been closed for Monday in much of Maryland and Delaware, as well as in New York City and other jurisdictions. The NYC subway and most NYC transit has been closed in advance of expected flooding. I understand that the Washington, D.C. Metro subway will also be closed.

The next weather advisory from Ocean City town government is expected early Monday morning, and a news briefing is scheduled at 10 a.m. Monday.

I cannot attempt to keep up with developments from here on. Your best bet is to click on the links at the top right of the sidebar, the Weather Channel, and your most reliable local radio and television news reports.

— John Hayden

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The Delmarva Peninsula and the Chesapeake Bay. (Mercator projection: public domain Online Map Creation) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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