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Delmarva Prepares for Potential Impacts of Hurricane Joaquin

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A wet and windy day on the docks of Oak Orchard (Photo: WBOC) A wet and windy day on the docks of Oak Orchard (Photo: WBOC)

DELMARVA - Throughout the Delmarva peninsula, people are preparing for what could be a very wet, windy, and potentially dangerous week ahead. This is as meteorologists continue to keep a close eye on the path of Hurricane Joaquin. It's not yet clear that the hurricane will hit Delmarva, but if it does, residents are working to be ready. 

In Oak Orchard, Del., residents and businesses alike were preparing for potential flooding on Tuesday. Michael Leaman, the head chef at Serendipity, a restaurant on River Road, said they face damage nearly every time there's a storm.

"I just hope it goes out to sea," Leaman said. "Because it's just going to mean extra work for us."

In Rehoboth Beach, businesses remained open, but many owners said they had the boards ready, just in case the storm came their way. The Rehoboth Beach Police Department said it is holding a briefing Thursday morning, to decide whether they will remove benches and trash cans from the boardwalk. 

Tourists Candace and Ken Schaap, of Cinncinnati, said that the waves looked larger, due to the high winds. 

"They look wilder than usual," said Ken. 

"They're huge," said Candace. "And they come up behind you. We almost lost our shoes."

At the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center, staff members held a briefing with the National Weather Service on Wednesday afternoon. In the morning, they also brought in people to test the equipment and generators. Debbie Jones, an emergency operations center spokesperson, said that preparation is key, not just for them, but for people at home, as well.

"We've been lucky for a long time," she said. "But at some point we're going to get a storm that matters and will affect us all. But I think being prepared is the key."

Many organizations have also canceled their weekend events, in order to ensure the safety of their participants. For the latest on Hurricane Joaquin, make sure to visit www.wboc.com/weather 

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