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Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 08/27/2011

300 residents remain in Ocean City ahead of Hurricane Irene

Brothers Joey Boulanger, 20, left, and Vince, 20, are scolded by an Ocean City policeman for surfing as the city was under a mandatory evacuation in preparation for Hurricane Irene on Friday. (Ricky Carioti - WASHINGTON POST)
Officials in the beach resort town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore say hundreds of residents have ignored mandatory evacuation orders ahead of Irene.

Police in Ocean City said Saturday morning that some 300 of the city’s 7,000 residents have stayed put. Some of those residents were making last minute preparations, such as moving cars to higher ground.

Rain was steady all morning, and Mayor Rick Meehan said he expected the winds to pick up even more between 11 a.m. and noon. Meehan says residents who have not left should stay inside and continue to monitor television and radio for reports on the hurricane. He says power outages are possible and sewer services will be shut down Saturday night.

By The Associated Press  |  11:05 AM ET, 08/27/2011

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