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Mandatory Evacuation Declared For Ocean City

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - By 5:00 P.M., Ocean City wants everyone out of town.

With Hurricane Irene's path of destruction pushing closer to the Eastern Shore, the beach resort is issuing a mandatory evacuation. "Although that's a difficult decision to make to close down a vacation destination and a large residential community, the risk just proved too great," said Mayor Rick Meehan.

It all started with the international students. Their evacuation was declared 10 a.m. Thursday morning. Now, they are piling into busses and are headed off the shore to Baltimore. "I'm scared, it's my first time going through a hurricane," said Marina Gherasimova, who is being forced to leave.

"I'm losing money, but I still think it's right because somebody can be injured and somebody can be killed by this hurricane," said Kirill Gryshanov.

Ocean City's Mayor is anticipating Irene will bring significant rainfall and possibly a six to eight feet storm surge. "This is really a horrific storm and we want to make sure everyone is safe," said Meehan.

The department of public works is going around picking things up like trash cans and the Mayor expects businesses to start boarding up their stores by Friday. The mandatory evacuation goes into effect at midnight Thursday. At that time the Mayor is also banning the sale of alcohol. All incoming traffic into Ocean City will be limited to emergency personnel.

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