9:30 a.m. Monday morning. West Ocean City. Our street is already slightly flooded because the roadside ditches have filled with water and overflowed, and the morning high tide has just passed. Maybe 6 inches of water on the street and all around the house. Light rain, light wind at this time.
I think the tide is or soon will be trying to go out, but it will encounter resistance from Hurricane Sandy, still about 150 miles away and moving northeast. We’re hoping the water will subside in a few hours, because people on this street want to move cars to higher ground. Is there any higher ground on the Eastern Shore?
A WBAL reporter at the Hilton, 32nd St., Ocean City, has just reported ocean waves are very high and surf fierce. Beach erosion, of course, and some water coming through the openings in the dunes. But remember, it’s near high tide, so the ocean and coastal bays may subside a little. Next high tide about 8 p.m. Monday night.
Good news has been reported for Maryland and Baltimore: the storm is NOT going to go up the Chesapeake Bay. The center of the storm is continuing to go northwest, Ocean City should escape the very worst. The eye may be strengthening, but will make landfall north of us, probably in northern New Jersey near NYC.
– John Hayden