Pines residents are urged to use caution as forecasts call for tropical storm or nor’easter conditions tonight and into Friday.
Hurricane Dorian, which is likely to be downgraded by the time it nears Maryland, is projected to move out of the area by late Friday and into Saturday.
Based on the latest models, state officials have warned of 40 mile-per-hour winds with gusts occasionally near 50 miles per hour, along with low-level flooding and several inches of rain.
According to Ocean Pines Police Chief David Massey, “Residents are encouraged to refrain from driving during periods of heavy wind and rain. Remove objects on decks and in front of buildings, because we do anticipate wind gusts upwards of 40 miles per hour.”
“Association administrative directors and staff have met and discussed departmental responsibilities,” Massey continued. “That has also included a review of our emergency operations plan, although we do not anticipate having to use that, at this time.”
Massey said Ocean Pines officials are not taking the storm lightly. Currently, the impact is likely to bring low–level flooding and some tidal surges.
“Dry weather so far this summer should mean a minimal impact to our area, even if the storm produces heavy rains,” Massey said.
Ocean Pines Dock Master Ron Fisher urged boaters to take precautions in advance of Hurricane Dorian. He said boaters should “secure their boats with 1/2-inch lines, put down any canopies, check their batteries and be certain their bilge pumps are working properly.”
The Ocean Pines Yacht Club has canceled its Friday evening entertainment because of the expected poor weather conditions. As of Thursday afternoon, all other departments and amenities are running on normal schedules.
“We’re on the weak side of the storm, which means we should get 3-4 inches of rain at the most,” Massey said. “But, we want the public to know we’re reviewing the situation regularly and will continue to communicate and take action if anything changes.”
For the latest updates from the National Weather Service, visit https://www.weather.gov/akq.