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HURRICANE SANDY: First Mandatory Evacuation Order - Ocean City

All barrier island and Delaware Bay communities in Cape May County must evacuate on Oct. 28.

With a powerful storm currently expected to make landfall somewhere near Ocean City early on Tuesday and possibly bring record flooding, emergency management officials are calling for a mandatory evacuation of the island starting on Sunday.

"After conferring with state officials Friday morning, the county’s position and the state’s recommendation is that there will be voluntary evacuation of the barrier islands and Delaware Bay communities tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 27) and mandatory evacuation on Sunday (Oct. 28)," Cape May County Emergency Management Director Gerald Thornton said in a statement posted on the county's website Friday evening.

"However, if the storm direction intensifies or changes we will modify this directive," he said.

Ocean City Business Administrator Mike Dattilo confirmed that local officials would issue the same directive to Ocean City residents and property owners.

He said further details on the evacuation and shelters would be released on Saturday morning.

But Dattilo confirmed that access to all roads in Ocean City would be unrestricted on Saturday, and residents are encouraged to secure their properties in advance of the evacution.

He said roads and the causeways will be restricted at some point on Sunday.

Ocean City last ordered a mandatory evacuation as what was then Hurricane Irene approached the island in August 2011. That order came at the height of the summer tourist season and was the first time that Ocean City had been evacuated since Hurricane Gloria in 1985.

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Sal October 27, 2012 at 04:59 AM
For accurate weather forecasts___"without all of the news media hype"_____ we are better off following the online 'National Weather Service' forecasts from NOAA.
Dave Frank October 27, 2012 at 05:18 AM
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KC October 27, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Should read "If your life is "AFFECTED" before, during or after. Just sayin'.
Jim October 27, 2012 at 06:58 AM
Bring the Doom! I hope this storm levels Washington DC! Do humanity a favor Miss Sandy.
THOMAS October 27, 2012 at 08:20 AM
Thanks for the commercial. If my life does get ''EFFECTED'', Do you make beer runs?
Martin October 27, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Jim, God is angry with Mourdock, Akin, Romney and Ryan. GOP canceled Va. Beach speeches, just like some speeches at their convention.
hd 1981 October 27, 2012 at 12:16 PM
LOL and you know this why??????
. October 27, 2012 at 12:40 PM
I guess your business isn't so great if you need get free advertisement in this way.
Mike October 27, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Martin's Ouija board has spoken
Paul J. DiBartolo October 27, 2012 at 01:30 PM
So, Martin, is this a Democrat or Republican sponsored storm? You know, some people think it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.
Project Bluebeam October 27, 2012 at 01:49 PM
If God is angry at Romney, why is the storm headed for blue states? And who is "Mourdock"???
marylou October 27, 2012 at 04:53 PM
The idiot who is reunning for senaate in Indiana who stated that if pregnancy results from rape,that it's God's will.
Stan Walker October 27, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Paul, Martin must be sleeping - he forgot to blame Bush.
Paul J. DiBartolo October 27, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Yes, Stan, another squandered opportunity.
Dave Frank October 27, 2012 at 10:57 PM
We have multiple ad spots on patch. We pay to be on it. We like to be local as possible. Stating the obvious, meaning informing people. Theres no need for unkind remarks. We love the patch and its info on news. Thats why we are members. Not to make fun of people and argue about things. So please everyone keep up with the news, plan emergency scenarios, and be safe! Thank you DAVE FRANK
Dave Frank October 27, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Just an update: home depot in lacey out of generators.... assuming other home improvement stores are out as well.
Observer October 28, 2012 at 01:51 AM
David, Don't listen to these idiots. Keep doing what you are doing. i.e. trying to improve your small business, while providing a service that individuals may need after this storm. Good for you, keep hustling. They like to point out spelling errors, yet their own sentence structure is incorrect. Thomas your an idiot. "If my life does get ''EFFECTED'', Do you make beer runs?" Do you see the error in your sentence?
Viola October 28, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Stay safe everyone, take care of each other. Your Canadian brother. J

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