OCEAN CITY — Ocean City officials were preparing for the worst and hoping for the best last weekend as Tropical Storm Hermine made its way up the coast, but despite some of the ominous predictions, there was little impact on the resort apart from some minor beach erosion and typical flooding in some of the downtown areas.
Hermine reached hurricane status as it ripped across Florida last week and began its unusual trek up the east coast, raising serious concerns about its potential impact on Labor Day weekend in Ocean City. The powerful storm did churn well off the mid-Atlantic coast, producing huge waves and tidal surges, but there was little in the way of rain and the winds never did reach predicted speeds at least in Ocean City.
City Engineer Doug Miller said this week Ocean City mobilized its emergency response teams in advance of the storm, but it passed without a major impact on the resort.
“The impacts of the tropical storm were minimal,” he said. “We were well prepared even though it didn’t materialize for us the way it could have. We were prepared for the worst and hoped for the best, and thankfully we got the better part of that.”