OCEAN CITY, Md. (WJZ) — Ocean City Emergency Services is continuing to monitor the projected path of Hurricane Dorian.

The effects of Hurricane Dorian are expected in the Ocean City area late Thursday and lasting about 24 hours.

The Head of Emergency Management in Ocean City said that the town is prepared.

“We’ve done everything that we normally do with a storm,” Emergency Services Director Joe Theobald said. “Everything from taking the flags down, to removing the trash barrels from the beach. Making sure there is nothing, flying objects, going around.”

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Prolonged rain and sustained winds of 30-35 miles per hour are expected, along with moderate flooding during high tide cycles. Waves could be up to seven feet.

Town of Ocean City personnel completed pre-storm action items, including closing the seawall and removing items from the beach.

The boardwalk was packed Thursday, however, and many said that they are not going to let the hurricane ruin their vacation.

“I’m surprised that everyone is still walking on the boardwalk and happy, and welcome Dorian,” one vacationer said.

At the beaches, there is a real danger for rip currents from the hurricane.

“Life safety is number one,” Theobald said. “We can replace property, we can’t replace life. Do what you’re asked to do and we’ll get through this.”

Residents are encouraged to begin securing outdoor items.

The Town of Ocean City’s Emergency Services personnel will be working with local and state representatives to provide residents with accurate, timely, and essential information in regard to Hurricane Dorian.

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