By Alex DeMetrick

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ/AP)—People in Annapolis are watching the storm closely. It is the wind, not flooding, that crews have spent the days preparing for.

Alex Demetrick reports on the conditions in our state capital.

The lowest points of Annapolis always get the most attention and for good reason. Even a heavy thunderstorm can flood the area around the City Dock.

But at the prospect of extremely high winds, even the heaviest objects that aren’t bolted down could go flying. So items like stone and metal trash cans are being removed from the city’s streets.

“I think we’re fine right now. But later on, who knows what can happen,” one crew member said.

“I actually stopped over to have a look at the harbor. I’m on my way to have a look at my boat. I’ve doubled up my lines and pumped out the bilge. Just make sure the insurance is paid up,” a boat owner said.

While extremely strong winds are a concern, this storm differs from Hurricane Isabel. That 2003 event pushed a 7 foot storm surge into the lower part of Annapolis. That might not happen this time around.

“We do not expect it to be that much. The present predictions right now are 3.5-4 feet,” an official said.

The wind is currently pushing the water away from town.

Meanwhile, Mayor Joshua Cohen says government offices will be closed Tuesday, with the exception of essential employees. He’s also urging all residents of the state capital to stay off the road.

There’ll also be no garbage and recycling pickup on Tuesday.

Anyone who attempted to pay their utility bill at City Hall while offices were closed will be granted a grace period.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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