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Some flooding possible Monday, but no damage reported in Ocean City from Hermine

September 5th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

Moderate flooding is forecast Monday in downtown Ocean City as Hermine, possibly returning to hurricane strength, churns offshore. But otherwise, the beach town escaped the storm unscathed, officials said.

"We were very fortunate," Mayor Rick Meehan said. While high tides could rise a couple of feet above normal, "it's at a level where I think we'll be fine," he said.

High tides reached "minor" flood levels at the Ocean City inlet Sunday, at about 4 feet, according to the National Weather Service. Monday night's high tide about 10 p.m. could rise as much as a foot and a half higher than that, the weather service forecasts.

Meteorologists had previously predicted severe flooding was possible by Monday. Forecasts had warned of the possibility of 65 mph gusts and 5 inches of rain. Gov. Larry Hogan called in the Maryland National Guard on Saturday as Ocean City faced a tropical storm warning.

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