Hurricane Earl makes little more than waves in Ocean City

Hurricane Earl churned up waves along the coast of North Carolina's Outer Banks late Thursday night. The storm sent heavy rain and strong winds through the area. Forecasters say it could push further out into the Atlantic before slamming into New England.
By Kafia Hosh
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, September 4, 2010

OCEAN CITY -- Hurricane Earl bypassed this resort town as it raced up the East Coast, but not without leaving signs that it had been nearby. The town experienced bursts of wind and sporadic periods of rain that peaked around noon.

Earl passed about 250 miles northeast of the coastline, and by late afternoon it had cleared the area.

The beach remained open, but swimming was temporarily banned because of strong currents. Similar conditions of rain and wind were reported in Sussex County, Del.

Rehoboth Beach was relatively quiet Friday with a few people strolling along the boardwalk.

Ocean City's beach was busier. Some vacationers were on the boardwalk, sipping coffee and ducking into shops for cover from the rain.

A few people stood on the beach watching as turbulent waves crashed along the shore. Others videotaped the gray ocean from hotel balconies.

The weather didn't spoil 27-year-old Joe Granville's family vacation. Granville, who made the five-hour trip from Scranton, Pa., on Thursday, was determined to be outdoors despite the gloomy weather. He walked along the boardwalk with his family late Friday morning.

"I wish it was sunny," Granville said, "but it's not going to stop me from going out."

Near the beach's edge, Kristy Roberson, 26, filmed the crashing waves with a video camera while her children skipped around her.

The Lancaster, Pa., resident said she was excited to see Hurricane Earl in action, but she didn't get much of a show Friday. "We were expecting the water to be up here," she said, pointing to the boardwalk.

Roberson watched the news for storm information but, standing in a light drizzle, said many people might have been too wary about the hurricane's possible impact.

"I think they always overreact to big things coming," Roberson said. On the other hand, she added, it's "better to be safe than sorry."

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