REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - While emergency management officials throughout the mid-Atlantic region braced for Hurricane Sandy's winds and rain, residents and visitors took advantage of the calm before the storm.
Sunny skies and unseasonably warm weather drew people to the sands and boardwalk of Rehoboth Beach on Friday, even as officials warned people to monitor the approaching storm and be prepared to evacuate if need be.
Officials were proceeding with plans for the popular Sea Witch Halloween and Fiddlers Festival, which began Friday and typically attracts more than 150,000 visitors to Rehoboth each fall.
In Maryland, workers in Ocean City filled sandbags in preparation for flooding, and Gov. Martin O'Malley declared a state of emergency, paving the way for activation of the National Guard and assistance to local officials if necessary.
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