Ocean City Emergency Services is continuing to monitor the projected path of the summer storm, expected to be in the Ocean City area this afternoon. Currently, an outbreak of severe storms is anticipated between 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. this evening. While minimum rainfall is probable, the primary threat will be damaging winds of 70 mph or higher. In addition, large hail and isolated tornadoes are possible.
“There is potential for damaging wind conditions,” said Joseph Theobald, Emergency Services Director for the Town of Ocean City. “There is a possibility of power outages, significantly sized hail and isolated tornadoes. It’s important for residents and visitors in Ocean City to be prepared and stay informed.”
The Town of Ocean City reminds residents, businesses and visitors to make plans in advance to prepare for the possible effects of the storm. Citizens are reminded to make sure cell phones and other portable devices are fully charged and consider purchasing and charging spare batteries. Also, it’s important to have a disaster supply kit with bottled water, non-perishable food (with a hand-operated can opener), a first aid kit, portable radio and flashlight with extra batteries, toiletries, special items needed for pets or infants, prescription medicine, a change of clothes and bedding. The kit will be helpful if you have to evacuate quickly or if you are without power.
When necessary, the Town of Ocean City will be posting storm related information on various websites, social media outlets and through the GovDelivery system. In an effort to keep citizens informed with the most updated and accurate information, the Town of Ocean City will be posting storm related information on the following outlets:
- Town of Ocean City Alerts via GovDelivery: subscribe to GovDelivery, visit the “City Wide Alerts” tab on the Town of Ocean City’s website at http://oceancitymd.gov.
- Town of Ocean City Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TownOfOceanCity.
- Town of Ocean City Twitter: @townofoceancity.
- Town of Ocean City Access Channels 4 & 15.
- Emergency Management Hotline: 410-723-6666.
- Town of Ocean City website: www.oceancitymd.gov.
- AM 1670 Advisory Radio Station.
For more information regarding storm preparedness, please visit: http://www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning