Beach erosion a concern in Ocean City

Tourists and residents alike were out and about on the Ocean City boardwalk.

OCEAN CITY, MD (WUSA9) - Many changed their holiday plans and skipped going to the Eastern Shore because of Hermine. But some people refused to let Hermine put a damper on the final summer weekend

Some people are still walking around, even as this storm is expected to intensify. Residents and tourists alike are still being cautious.

Mother nature's fury could not deter mankind's curiosity on Saturday morning.  Hundreds of onlookers poured on to Ocean City Beach to witness the power of Hermine.

"When the storms come in, everything gets a little crazy," one person said.

But, at times, those same tourists got too close. A police officer had to warn this man what he was up against.

The locals we talked to knew better. They made sure to stay away from the water.

As Janice Dolan looked on from a distance, she couldn’t help but think of what this Labor Day weekend could have been.

"For sure, I have a business here, so it's affected me,” Dolan said. “I wouldn't be out here with my son right now. We should be out here making money."

Business aside, emergency officials focused on safety. They said flooding could still occur Sunday. Roads could become impassable and property could even be damaged.

People aren't as worried about their property as much as they are the beach.

"If the beach were gone, that'd be really hard," one person said.

Many just hope that mother nature will spare this area its worst.

In the coming days, authorities will be looking at the high tides.


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