West Ocean City, Maryland, 4:15 p.m. Monday. Now the worst of Hurricane Sandy arrives. The eye is northeast of Ocean City, aiming toward southern New Jersey. Landfall about 6 to 7 p.m. in New Jersey. Delaware also hit hard.
Very heavy wind gusts and steady, hard rain in West Ocean City @ 4:20 p.m.. I understand Ocean City has already received between 5 and 6 inches of rain. The streets in my West Ocean City neighborhood flooded at high tide this morning, but the streets in my immediate area are still clear. Water will be rising until after high tide at around 8 p.m.
On the island of Ocean City, some, if not most streets in South Ocean City are flooded at this hour. Route 50 bridge is closed. The beach and boardwalk have taken a pounding, and that will continue. Sand and debris cover parts of the boardwalk in the south end. The boardwalk is protected by a concrete bulkhead from 4th St. north to 27th St. Starting at 27th street, a sturdy line of dunes protects the island north to the Delaware line. But much of the beach and the dunes will be damaged by erosion.
Serious damage has been confirmed to at least a significant part of Ocean City’s main fishing and amusement pier, which extends from the Boardwalk out over the ocean in the south end. A gazebo is reported collapsed at Fager’s Island Restaurant on the bay side of Ocean City.
Worcester County and Somerset County are at the south end of the Lower Eastern Shore. Worcester County has all of Maryland’s ocean frontage. Somerset is on the Chesapeake Bay side, and Somerset is being hard hit. It’s been reported that the Chesapeake town of Crisfield is being evacuated due to flooding.
The strong circulation of storm winds is pushing water onto the shoreline on the Crisfield side of the Shore. I hate to think what conditions are like on Smith Island.
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge is closed, and some other bridges in Maryland are also closed, depending on local wind conditions.
Heavy rain and wind is reported now in the Baltimore-Washington region of Maryland. Six shelters are open in Baltimore City. Heavy snow is expected in Western Maryland, possibly including blizzard conditions.
I’ll post two more photos on http://johnhaydeninmd.com now, and many more this evening, if electricity and WiFi hold up.
Sounds like rain and wind outside are continuing to intensify in West Ocean City @ 4:55 p.m.
– John Hayden