By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman
The Baltimore Sun
9:14 AM EDT, August 25, 2011
Visitors who were hoping for a last beach hurrah this weekend can thank Hurricane Irene for putting a fork in their plans.
The Town of Ocean City today enacted Phase I of its emergency plan as the storm continues on a path toward the mid-Atlantic that could bring damaging winds, flooding and storm surges to the coastal resort town.
As part of the plan, OC officials asked beachgoers and vacationers to postpone any trips to the beach until the situation improves.
The town is evacuating its international workforce students. Owners of watercraft are asked to secure or move all vessels. Those in motor homes are being told to prepare for possible evacuation.
Officials expect the storm to impact the town beginning Saturday evening and continue into Sunday morning, with hurricane-force winds that could reach 90 to 112 mph. The town said rainfall along the coast could approach 10 inches.
For more information, residents and others can tune to Channel 4, the Ocean City Government Access Channel or tune to 1670 AM. The town’s emergency management line will provide recorded updates at 410-723-6666.
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