OCEAN CITY, MD (WJZ) — An otherwise perfect day in Ocean City. But upon closer inspection, the ocean’s waves violently hit the shore.
“Personally, there’s no way I would even attempt to go in this water here. That’s a mean ocean right now,” said Ocean City visitor Dale Namcek.
While post tropical storm Hermine lingers 300 miles east of Ocean City, its affects still have been enough of a concern that some are weighing their options this holiday weekend.
“If we had to evacuate, you know hauling back to Pennsylvania and we’ll enjoy our labor day in our own houses I guess,” said Labor Day weekend beach-goer Ron Stranix.
The city also taking every precaution to protect people, with police blocking off partial access at the inlet where the rising tide posed a potential threat. Despite being spared some of the winds and rains the effects of the storm are still nothing to take lightly here in ocean city.
Ocean City’s mayor reminding visitors swimming is still not allowed.
“We just want everybody to use good common sense, please stay out of the water,” said Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan.
But for some, curiosity is clearly getting the better of them.
“Looks like the lifeguards are going to have a rough day trying to keep people in. Its the holiday weekend and everyone wants to enjoy that last hurrah,” said Ocean City visitor Mary Stranix.
Along the boardwalk, crowds were taking full advantage of the otherwise pleasant weather, which was a welcome sight for some shops who are hoping to get back to business as usual.
“Some of the places didn’t open. You say ‘tropical storm’ or anything like thereof, and they’ll shut down cause they don’t want to be here,” said Donald Fisher, Fisher’s Pop Corn.
Beach erosion as well as flooding is still a concern in Ocean City.