Ocean City Md: Emergency Evacuation Ordered, Officials in Ocean City, Maryland has ordered residents to evacuate quickly after Hurricane Irene approached led Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to declare a state of emergency.
Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan estimated that between 125,000 and 150,000 people in the coastal community, and urged everyone except emergency personnel to leave. He has advised approximately 7000 permanent inhabitants of the city to seek refuge elsewhere. He asked that all businesses shutter before midnight, after which emergency vehicles only or those specifically approved by government officials will be allowed to enter the city.
Donna Abbott, Communications Manager for Ocean City, told The Baltimore Sun that has cleared the capital of a mass of visitors during the peak beach season is a difficult logistical problem.
“We are still in summer mode here,” Abbott said. Because of school, “he was starting to go to the downturn, but we still have a large amount of visitors to the city.”
“We have many people to move in a short time,” said Abbott.
Officials also imposed a ban on the sale of alcohol, effective at midnight, which they hope will sway the stubborn visitors who are determined to keep their current holiday.
Hurricane force winds are expected to blow into the city Saturday morning, potentially reach speeds of up to 120 miles per hour. The city has not ordered the evacuation since Hurricane Gloria in 1985.