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Coastal Towns Urge Prep on First Day of Hurricane Season

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A foggy Ocean City on the first day of hurricane season (Photo: WBOC) A foggy Ocean City on the first day of hurricane season (Photo: WBOC)

OCEAN CITY, Md. - June 1 marks the first day of hurricane season and coastal towns across Delmarva urge residents and tourists to be prepared.

Even President Barack Obama is asking people to be prepared nationwide because of a growing "complacency" when it comes to dangerous weather.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this season is predicted to be at near normal levels. To compare, the past three years were at below normal levels, and Hurricane Sandy occurred during a below normal season in 2012.

Bob Banach takes photos on the beach in Ocean City every morning and said even tropical storms cause problems in the coastal area.

"Ocean City knows how to have a storm, we've had them washing up all the way on the boardwalk, sand everywhere, waves, this parking lot completely full," he said. "Just some of the stuff we had, signs from all the way up on 44th Street down here on the inlet, they washed all the way down here, telephone poles, the pier, you can see the pier behind me, that has gone down twice in the past year."

Joe Theobald, who is the emergency services director for Ocean City, said people need to start knowing their evacuation routes and preparing disaster kits with items such as non-perishable food and flashlights in case of an emergency.

"We've certainly been tested on a number of storms over the last few years, and the hardest thing is that on a weekend here in the summer time there are a quarter million plus people," he said. "If we have to issue a warning for an evacuation it takes time, it's not something that can be done in a short period of time, we just want everyone to heed our warnings and listen to what we have to say."

Sussex County, Del. also released an emergency preparation plan for this hurricane season and recommended people who live in flood-prone areas to be prepared to evacuate and have family disaster kits as well.
 

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