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Hurricane Season on the Eastern Shore
Sep 23, 2015
Hurricane season in the Atlantic is from June 1 - November 30, usually peaking in late August and September. On average, 10.1 named storms occur each season, with an average of 5.9 becoming hurricanes and 2.5 becoming major hurricanes.
So far this year, we have had 9 storms with 2 hurricanes and only 1 major hurricanes. None have reached Virginia's Eastern Shore yet, but natives no doubt know quickly this can change and how much damage we can sustain.
Anyone living near the water should always follow basic preparedness tips for themselves and their homes.
For yourself and your family:
- Have an evacuation plan; know where you're going to go and how you'll get out of town
- Have a safety kit prepared, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, and copies of your critical information
- Have a supply of water and food in case you are at home without power for a period of time
For your home:
- Trim damaged trees and limbs before hurricane season
- Secure loose gutters and clear them of debris
- Consider purchasing a generator in the event you lose power
For a detailed plan of how to prepare in the hours leading up to a hurricane, go here.
The Hurricane of 1933
One of the most memorable hurricanes in our area is The Hurricane of 1933, which shaped Ocean City, MD, into the resort town we know it as today.
Before this hurricane, there wasn't an inlet but several more blocks of business and houses below 2nd Street. After four days of heavy rain and two days of the actual hurricane, winds and flooding tore up the boardwalk and washed away cars, homes and businesses. The bays behind Ocean City became so overwhelmed with rainwater and storm surge, they began to resemble a water balloon and eventually burst, creating the inlet we know.
After the inlet was open for good, commercial fishing thrived, helping Ocean City become the White Marlin Capital of the World, and ocean waters sweeping in and out of the inlet helped keep the bays cleaner and actually gave us better tasting oysters.
Who would've guessed that such a disaster could have actually helped Ocean City become the tourist destination it is today. Click here to read more about the hurricane of 1933 and watch the video below to see footage.