Ocean City keeping an eye on Arthur

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Beaches are expected to be packed over the holiday weekend, like in this file photo, but lifeguards may limit bathers on Friday depending on conditions as Tropical Storm Arthur starts kicking up waves. Beaches are expected to be packed over the holiday weekend, like in this file photo, but lifeguards may limit bathers on Friday depending on conditions as Tropical Storm Arthur starts kicking up waves. Ocean City officials are keeping close eye on Tropical Storm Arthur, making its way up the coast and set to pass off the Jersey coast on Friday, July 4, likely to be one of the busiest beach days of the year.

City officials plan to make a determination later today (Thursday) as to whether to delay the big fireworks show planned for 9:30 p.m. Friday.

No one is expecting the kind of severe damage the region seen from Hurricane Sandy, but forecasts call for heavy rain and strong waves, with a possibility of some flash flooding.

Many surfers are enthusiastic about the waves, which could be up to 8 feet, but the Ocean City Beach Patrol may limit access to the water, depending on conditions.

Fire Chief Chris Breunig said lifeguards will keep an eye on conditions and make a determination on Friday morning.

“Most likely bathers will be limited in some way,” he said. He said no decision will be made until tomorrow, but that they expect 6- to 9-foot seas, with wind and choppy conditions.

Traffic has already picked up leading into Ocean City in advance of the long holiday weekend. Rain is expected to begin tonight and continue Friday, with sunny weather expected over the weekend.


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