OCEAN CITY, Md. (WJZ) — As Hermine continues to move north, fears mount over the potential for damage and life threatening conditions it could bring to the southern part of Maryland.
George Solis with the warning from city and state officials as Hermine approaches.
High winds and scattered rain has been the norm. And though at times it may seem peaceful, public safety officials stress this is no time to let your guard down.
Ocean city now starting to see and feel the effects of former Hurricane Hermine.
The now categorized post tropical cycone still delivering tropical storm force winds and a lot of fear for public safety.
“This is a lull right now I don’t want anybody to have a false impression that this storm is not going to impact us and impact us significantly,” said Joe Theobald, Ocean City Emergency Services Director.
City leaders also concerned with how long Hermine’s impact could last.
“The worst of the storm is yet to come and unfortunately the tropical storm when it gets here it’s going to stall off the coast at least that’s the latest predictions and bang us over the next couple of days,” said Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan.
As a precaution against life threatening surf, beach patrol is keeping people out of the water and flooding is also expected. Conditions only expected to continue to deteriorate. Tropical force storm winds were kicking up sand at beachgoers and knocking people around.
“Definitely some sand blasting going on, it will definitely sting your legs a little bit,” said Ocean City vacationer Eric Parker.
Governor Hogan has declared a state of emergency for the region and directed the national guard to standby in Ocean City.
State and local officials are urging anyone planning to visit for the holiday weekend to rethink their plans before hitting the road.
“Let’s keep everybody safe and use good common sense,” said Mayor Meehan.
Those already here standing by in awe by the power of mother nature.
“It’s really something to see. Actually, if you look at the waves in the inlet, that’s fascinating, I’ve never seen anything like that,” said beachgoer Nancy Oliver.
The inlet parking lot here in Ocean City will remain closed until further notice over concerns of flooding.
Check back with WJZ for the latest on Tropical Storm Hermine.