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Coastal Flood Advisory Affects Weekend Events

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - A coastal flood advisory is in effect for Delmarva's beach towns, and it will affect weekend events.

According to WBOC's meteorologists, widespread minor flooding could occur during high tide.

The Ocean City boardwalk is already packed with people ready for Sunfest, but the 41st annual event may not live up to it's name.

The event is still set to take place, but emergency crews are on scene to monitor conditions. The concerts are outdoors by the inlet, so the poor weather could still hurt attendance.

"I think that people that potentially would have come could change their minds and not come," Jessica Waters, the OC communications manager said. "People that maybe would have drove in on a nice day will choose not to do that."

People like Charles Ruiz, who did drive down from New Jersey, but said flooding is a deal breaker.

"I'd get in my car and leave!" he said. "What else is there to do?"

Up North in Rehoboth Beach, lifeguards are dealing with the same threat.

"Even though the water is really warm right now, it's definitely not safe," Matthew Matsko, a Rehoboth Beach Patrol said. "Most patrols aren't guarding so it's mostly going to be unguarded beach, so it's not safe in general."

Because of that danger, a big event was canceled. The Escape from Lewes Open Water Classic. Swimmers were set to jump off the Cape May Lewes Ferry Sunday and participate in 5k and 1 mile races. It was meant to be the inaugural event, driving people to Lewes on a not-so busy weekend.

Nonetheless, Ruiz is looking on the "bright side."

"No sun this year, but it's nice and breezy," he said.

Nice and breezy, until the 25-mile-per-hour winds arrive.

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