At this point, it’s safe to say that no one can accurately predict what trajectory Hurricane Joaquin will follow. Of course, we are all hoping the massive storm veers east, continuing in the Atlantic Ocean until it dies down rather than make U.S. landfall, but we will err on the side of caution either way. We understand making light of the situation with plans for hurricane parties, but we cannot stress enough how important it is to BE PREPARED. Flooding, dangerous winds, flying/falling debris, and power outages are just a few of the factors to consider during any major storm here on Delmarva, let alone a major hurricane. Whether Joaquin hits Maryland, Delaware and Virginia or not, we have high waters, flooding, and strong winds headed our way. Be safe and exercise caution when heading into potential flood zones or when venturing out to the beach to sneak a peak at the angry ocean. Stock up on water, flashlights, food and batteries. Losing power for a few hours is one thing, losing power for several days is an entirely different beast. Finally, please, please, please, think about your pets. Have a plan in place for where you will take your pets in the event of an evacuation, stock up on pet food, and if you keep your pets outside, find a safe and comfortable alternative.

As we watch the storm predictions, it behooves everyone to be aware of the rules and updates in their area. Check with your local government and emergency websites and sign up for community alerts:

Town of Ocean City

Wicomico County Alert System

Somerset County Alert System

Salisbury Mobile App Update

Sussex County Alert System

We will try to provide updates as the storm progresses, starting with a few pics of the bay and ocean today in OCMD by Gina Whaley: