By Mike Hellgren


OCEAN CITY, Md. (WJZ) — Although the beaches remain open, Ocean City officials are asking tourists and residents to stay out of the water.

The Coast Guard reopened the Port of Ocean City at 5 p.m. Friday but urged boaters to remain vigilant and monitor the weather.

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Currently, Hurricane Dorian is east of New England and headed toward Canada.

Dorian brought winds of up to 50 miles-per-hour to Ocean City, Maryland, on Friday and about two inches of rain.

A double red flag warning was up along Maryland State Park beaches like Assateague. That means no water access is permitted.

 

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

“We’ve done everything that we normally do with a storm,” 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.”

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.

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