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Tropical Storm Hermine Crashes Weekend Plans In Ocean City

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Ocean City Inlet during Tropical Storm Hermine (WBOC) Ocean City Inlet during Tropical Storm Hermine (WBOC)

OCEAN CITY, Md.- Tropical Storm Hermine has been having her way on Delmarva. Ahead of the tropical storm, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency in Worcester and several other counties.

On the busiest end of the summer weekend in Ocean City, Hermine put a stop to most peoples plans.

On Saturday waves were crashing the shore creating very dangerous conditions on the beach. Ocean City Official's issued an advisory, warning people to stay away from the beach and out of the ocean. That didn't deter curious onlookers like Joe Schanno of Ocean City from venturing out to the beach. 

"You get to see the beach get ripped up by the waves and you get to see the sun come into play it's going to be great like last nights sunset," said Schanno. 

Ocean City native, Bob Banach said he wanted a first hand look at the storm from the beach since his weekend plans changed. 

"It's a shame we were looking forward to a good weekend, but if we get it over now we got clear sailing for the next couple weeks," Banach said. 

Ocean City Beach Patrol Captain, Butch Arbin said they'll be on duty keeping people out of the water and off the beach. 

Arbin said, "The one thing we're concerned about is once the weather improves, the sky looks great, it's sunny, the wind goes away and the rain stops is the rip currents. It's always following events like this are our biggest concerns because that's when people think it's safe to go back in and that's when it's really most dangerous."

Arbin said working with a scaled down staff during Labor Day weekend has its challenges. He said Governor Larry Hogan's mandated post Labor Day start for school will significantly increase beach patrol staffing during future storm events like Hermine.

Arbin said, "It's a big plus to safety on the beaches in Ocean City, Maryland. I know that's not why the Governor did it, but that's the impact it's having on us, so we're all excited about it and we're happy for the change."

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