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Ocean City scrambles ahead of Hurricane Earl
Ocean City lifeguard Joya Canfield keeps an eye on the swimmers near the boardwalk beach area as Hurricane Earl mades its way to the coastal areas Sept. 1.
Boaters called the Sunset Marina with two kinds of questions: Was it true that white marlin were biting in record numbers? And could their boats be hauled onto land before Hurricane Earl threatened the shore Friday?
"The weather is going to turn fast," said marina manager Brian G. Tinkler, who expects to bring in as many as 100 vessels before the storm strikes. "Wind is a huge concern. The tidal surge can push boats up above the pilings."Workers pulled dozens of boats from the water Wednesday, hoisting 30-ton yachts with giant cranes and lifting smaller craft with machines resembling oversize forklifts. But many devoted fishermen wanted to spend one more day on the water before bringing in their boats.
"With the bite being so good, a lot of guys want to stay out there," said Tinkler, adding that one vessel from the marina had reeled in 56 marlin this week.
As Earl spun toward the coast of North Carolina, officials and residents here scrambled to prepare the Eastern Shore resort town for a close brush with the storm on the eve of one of the busiest weekends of the summer.
September 1, 2010