Ocean City un­der trop­i­cal storm warn­ing from Her­mine

Coastal flood­ing likely; Bal­ti­more area could get rain through Sun­day

Baltimore Sun - - NEWS - By Scott Dance and Jes­sica An­der­son Bal­ti­more Sun re­porter Justin Fen­ton con­trib­uted to this ar­ti­cle. sdance@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/MdWeather

Ocean City is un­der a trop­i­cal storm warn­ing as Trop­i­cal Storm Her­mine moves up the coast, with ma­jor coastal flood­ing and wind gusts up to 65 mph ex­pected from to­day through La­bor Day.

At the Ocean City in­let, At­lantic wa­ters are ex­pected to reach flood stage by mid­day to­day. They could rise 2 feet be­yond that, near­ing a record level, by Mon­day’s high tide, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice.

Gov. Larry Ho­gan signed an ex­ec­u­tive or­der Fri­day declar­ing a state of emer­gency in the coun­ties of the Eastern Shore and South­ern Mary­land: Caro­line, Ce­cil, Dorch­ester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Som­er­set, Tal­bot, Wi­comico, Worces­ter, Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s.

Rain is fore­cast for the Bal­ti­more area by this af­ter­noon and con­tin­u­ing through Sun­day, but how much falls de­pends on Her­mine’s track. Fore­casts Fri­day evening sug­gested that the storm will stall off the Mid-At­lantic coast on Sun­day but re­main a few hun­dred miles offshore.

Her­mine could bring up to an inch of rain to the Bal­ti­more area, and as much as 6 inches to Ocean City and the lower Eastern Shore.

Even with­out a direct hit, the storm is ex­pected to ruin the long holiday week­end Her­mine ex­pected to re­gain hur­ri­cane strength af­ter emerg­ing in the At­lantic Ocean. NEWS PG 10 in Ocean City. A se­vere storm surge of as much as 51⁄ feet, wind gusts up to 50 mph and 15-foot waves are pos­si­ble there.

“It’s not the week­end we were hop­ing for. We were ex­pect­ing a very big week­end,” town spokes­woman Jes­sica Wa­ters said.

The storm could get as close as 100 to 150 miles off the coast of Ocean City by late Sun­day or early Mon­day, and a flow of winds to­ward the east and north­east is ex­pected to cause at least mod­er­ate if not ma­jor flood­ing there, said Lyle Alexan­der, a me­te­o­rol­o­gist with the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice’s fore­cast of­fice in Wake­field, Va.

“It’s not go­ing to just move on out to sea,” Alexan­der said. “It’s go­ing to stall and sit for a few days a lit­tle off the coast.”

Kevin Whitt, a me­te­o­rol­o­gist with the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice Bal­ti­moreWash­ing­ton Fore­cast Of­fice, said Fri­day that it was still dif­fi­cult to pre­dict what the storm would do overnight and into to­day as it moved from Ge­or­gia and South Carolina back out over the At­lantic Ocean near North Carolina and Vir­ginia.

“Is it go­ing to hook west, go off to the east?” Whitt said.

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