Spring storm exhibiting near winter-like fury apparently spares resort Ocean City police, Coast Guard report high winds but no flooding.

May 08, 1992|By William Thompson | William Thompson,Staff Writer Staff writer Richard Irwin contributed to this article.

OCEAN CITY -- Police and the Coast Guard early today reported no flooding or other damage from a spring storm of near winter-like fury that threatened the Maryland coastline last night.

The resort appeared to have escaped damage like that done by a Jan. 4 northeaster that pounded the Atlantic shore.

Coast Guard Seaman Apprentice John Roberts said there were no reports of flooding in the city. He said any signs of beach erosion would not be visible until daylight.

"Its only raining down here," he said adding that winds last night were steady at 12 knots with gusts up to 30 knots.

Police Communications Officer Todd Woods said that at 4:15 a.m., some four hours after high tide, the town was quiet except for the rain.

Both police and the Coast Guard said that a coastal flood watch, gale warnings and heavy surf advisories were in effect today.

National weather forecasters warned that gale-force winds and higher-than-normal tides could cause coastal flooding in Ocean City and along parts of the Chesapeake Bay shoreline throughout today.

Winds reaching about 40 mph whipped the ocean out of the northeast yesterday from Chincoteague in Virginia to Fenwick Island in Delaware.

In Ocean City, 8- to 12-foot seas rammed the stone jetty on the south side of the inlet parking lot. With the wind driving a steady rain, visibility was reduced to less than three nautical miles.

Ocean City Manager Dennis W. Dare said city workers closed the stainless-steel gates on the sea wall portion of the boardwalk to keep sand from drifting onto the walkway. He said officials were keeping an eye on three low-pressure areas similar to weather conditions that brought on the January storm.

Ocean City is still repairing beach damage caused by the January storm. T. L. James and Co., a Louisiana firm, is scheduled to begin pumping sand back onto the beach May 15. If weather does not interfere, the project should be finished by July 12, according to Ocean City Engineer Terence J. McGean.

More than 80 percent of the $10 million beach-replenishment project will be paid by the Army Corps of Engineers, with remaining costs shared by the federal, state, Wicomico County and Ocean City governments.

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