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OC Prepares for Hurricane While Facing Storm

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OCEAN CITY, Md. Ocean City was hit hard Thursday by nor'easter weather, as residents and business owners prepare for the potential wrath of Hurricane Joaquin. 

Annie Gillis owns Encore Events, a West OC wedding planning company. She and her employees have been spending their day rearranging weddings for the upcoming rainy weekend.

"Let's see, I probably sleep maybe two hours a night," Gillis joked. "It's very stressful, but we try to keep the stress away from the bride because we want her to focus on herself and family and try to enjoy it as much as she can."

Ocean City was basically ground zero for the nor'easter, and by mid-afternoon, roads in the downtown area were hugely flooded. Especially near the inlet parking lot, which faced strong winds and a rough sea.

For Gillis and her team, that added more trouble prepping for the weekend.

"We actually lost our electricity about an hour ago," she said around noon. "So plan B, because we can't create the flowers in the dark we set up some of our props outside and we started creating flowers on the outside so we can use the natural sunlight, but then fortunately the electric came back on, so always a plan B."

Jim Edwards, the manager at Trader Lee's Village Store, said he sees people coming in and out to stock up on gas and liquor. 

He wondered how much more rain and wind a hurricane could possibly bring.

"Trying to weigh out what the storm's going to be," he said. "Everybody's not sure yet if we're gonna get the hit or bypass us but we're gonna get something, some heavy rains and high winds."

And if the current winds are any indicator of what's coming, then OC residents are in for something strong.

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