East Coast Megastorm
Residents across the mid-Atlantic spent Sunday preparing for a potentially miserable week as slow-moving Hurricane Sandy bore down on the coast, threatening floods, widespread power outages and property damage.
Evacuations south of Ocean City have already begun. Officials are particularly worried about high water and the storm surge. They expect downtown Ocean City to be under water on Monday as Hurricane Sandy heads for the Delmarva Peninsula.
The projected storm surge from Hurricane Sandy is a “worst case scenario” with devastating waves and tides predicted for the highly populated New York City metro area, government forecasters said Sunday.
The Maryland Park Service is closing all State Park campgrounds and day-use areas in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. The Maryland Forestry Service is also closing Elk Neck State Forest.
The storm that is threatening 60 million Americans in the eastern third of the nation in just a couple of days with high winds, drenching rains, extreme tides, flooding and probably snow is much more than just an ordinary weather system. It’s a freakish and unprecedented monster.
Baltimore City is now under a state of an emergency as Hurricane Sandy prepares to deliver a powerful punch in about 48 hours. As the storm moves closer, agencies across our region are prepared for the worst.