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Ocean City evacuates visitors and some residents; others stay to brave Sandy

Ocean City evacuates visitors and some residents; others stay to brave Sandy

Residents and tourists deserted downtown Ocean City on Sunday afternoon after officials ordered an evacuation of the town's southernmost blocks as Hurricane Sandy began to whip the shores. But at the Purple Moose Saloon on the Boardwalk, owner Gary Walker was waiting until the very last moment to close up. With a single customer nursing a beer at around 3 p.m., he wasn't holding out for a surge of business. Rather, Walker said he wasn't impressed by the power Sandy had shown so far. Despite the evacuation south of 17th Street, he planned to stay near the bar through the storm — or inside it if the storm worsened, on a single mattress made up with clean sheets in the...

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