Ocean City Orders Evacuation for Hurricane Sandy

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Sea foam blows onto the boardwalk as Hurricane Irene arrives causing heavy surf on August 27, 2011 in Ocean City, Maryland.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Sea foam blows onto the boardwalk as Hurricane Irene arrives causing heavy surf on August 27, 2011 in Ocean City, Maryland. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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OCEAN CITY, Md. — The town of Ocean City has ordered an evacuation of downtown residents as Hurricane Sandy heads for the Delmarva Peninsula.

Residents must leave the area south of 17th Street by 8 p.m. Sunday.

In addition, a voluntary evacuation order has been issued for residents and occupants of known low-lying areas. And Mayor Rick Meehan has closed the beach to everyone until further notice.

The town says severe flooding is expected.

Worcester County is expected to open shelters beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday. The town of Ocean City will use its buses to transport people with special needs to shelters; service will start at 1 p.m. from the Convention Center.

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