OCEAN CITY, Md.- The town of Ocean City is beginning to watch the track of Hurricane Joaquin as it continues to strengthen in the Atlantic. As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, the storm's maximum sustained winds increased to near 75 mph (120 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center said additional strengthening is expected over the next two days.
Even on a quiet afternoon Tuesday, the waves were still high as an easterly flow continued for much of the day. Bulldozers moved sand after coastal flooding from the previous weekend. It could be a preview of what is to come next weekend.
Ocean City Emergency Services Director Joseph Theobald has already been in contact with certain agencies.
“We are treating this like any other storm during the hurricane season....We will alert the community when the time comes,” Theobald said.
The National Hurricane Center upgraded Joaquin to a Tropical Storm early Tuesday morning. It was upgraded to hurricane status on Wednesday morning. Managers have been monitoring the situation….
"We are too far out right now," he said. "It's best that people just pay attention and listen to what is taking place. We will have wind, we will have beach erosion, high wave action, and see precipitation out of this.”
The planning stages for the town are only in the monitoring phase. Timing is everything and as the window approaches, discussions will become more vigorous.
“We will start pushing information out 72, 48 hours away from the start of the storm to the community. There will be a constant push of information from the government to the community. So, we want everyone to work with us,” Theobald said.
And if the worse case scenario does occur, be ready.
“We take this all for granted until something happens, and when you have to pull the trigger…that is not the time when you have to start working with government, “ Theobald said.
There is still a lot of uncertainty with what is going to happen over the next few days. Social media is a great way to get information, but trust the source that you are getting that information.