With Arthur past, Ocean City ready for the weekend

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Guards OCEAN CITY – After a sopping start, Ocean City is packed with visitors as of Friday evening and ready for some sunshine this weekend.

Hurricane Arthur and a steady rain for the morning of Friday, July 4, meant several holiday events were delayed or canceled, including the popular bike parades in the north and south ends of the city, but as things cleared up many headed to the beach and boardwalk. Plans are to hold parades on Saturday morning.

Fireworks are set to go off a day late as well, on Saturday, July 5. Officials cited safety concerns, fearing the effect of heavy seas on the barge they go off from.

Lifeguards kept an eye on those seas throughout the day. Bathers were cautioned not to go more than waist deep in the water, which has cooled considerably compared to a few days ago.

While rain may have sidetracked many plans, hotels and restaurants were booked solid throughout the island on Friday. Hotel workers say they were turning callers away throughout the day, as people looked for last-minute rooms.

While some delayed their trip to the shore, the big swell brought surfers from throughout the region for a rare chance at hurricane waves in the summer.

wavw At some spots, the waves were at least head-high throughout the day, with a clean face held up by a steady offshore wind. Experienced local surfers described the conditions as challenging, with a strong current, but the main complaint was the crowds trying to catch their wave.

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