West Ocean City, 11:30 a.m. Monday. The eye of Hurricane Sandy is reported way out in the Atlantic Ocean, more or less directly east of Ocean City at this hour, 272 miles from Baltimore, and moving quickly northeast. Landfall around Atlantic City, N.J., late afternoon or early evening.
The hurricane reportedly has 90 mph winds out in the ocean. But here in West Ocean City, the winds are only slightly blustery. The tide on our street is definitely going out a little. But it will come back in, with a high tide around 8 p.m. Monday night.
Even though the eye of the storm will soon be moving north of us, we can expect the heaviest weather on the coast of Maryland and throughout the state this afternoon and tonight. Lots of beach and dune erosion probable.
Conditions are worse north of us along the Delaware beaches. Route 1 is reported closed somewhere in Delaware. I personally would NOT be inclined to leave Ocean City by driving north into Delaware, but I don’t have details about Delaware. The Route 90 bridge is still open to leave Ocean City westbound, as far as I know. But who knows how far anyone could go without encountering a flooded road. Later, I think there will be lots of roads closed by downed trees throughout Maryland.
— John Hayden