Ocean City and Maryland officials (and Delaware officials, too) can learn a lot from Hurricane Andrew. For example, how well were the evacuation plans executed in the Florida Keys and the Miami area and in the New Orleans area? And did what happened there suggest that plans in Baltimore's favorite beach resorts need to be changed?
Deaths and even property damage from hurricanes are far less today than in the years before weather forecasting was so sophisticated, and federal, state, local and private emergency operations were so widespread. Still, hurricanes are dangerous to coastal communities (and even inland), and the Delmarva peninsula is a particularly difficult environment from which to evacuate people from an approaching hurricane.
The National Hurricane Center rates it the third of the "worst case areas, where estimated evacuation time significantly exceeds accurate warning time." Ocean City and the adjacent Delaware resorts, which often have a resident population of far more than a half million during the early part of the hurricane season, are less perilous than southeast Louisiana, where Andrew also hit, but more perilous than southeast Florida and the Florida Keys, according to the hurricane center.