OCEAN CITY, Md. (WJZ) -- Ominous skies were overhead as beachgoers in Ocean City, Maryland, enjoyed the last bit of sun ahead of Hurricane Isaias Monday.
The system strengthened into a hurricane Monday evening ahead of its landfall along the Carolina coast.
The boardwalk was quiet Monday morning as residents prepared for Isaias. Still, a number of tourists, including Remi Rose and her family, didn't let the looming storm ruin their trip to the beach.
Rose's trip on Monday was her first.
"We're a little disappointed that we're going to have a little bit of rain while we're at the beach, you want beautiful sunny skies every day but we're hoping it's going to blow through and we'll be here for the whole week," one of Rose's family members said.
A tropical storm warning was issued for Worcester County ahead of the storm's arrival.
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Ocean City Emergency Services officials are monitoring the storm's arrival. Town employees worked to complete pre-storm action items, including closing the seawall and removing items from the beach.
Emergency Services Director Joe Theobald expects the storm to move through quickly, adding by the end of the day he expects to see the sun.
"Whatever we're going to get is going to be very quick," he said. "(Tuesday) will be a tough day in town. The visitors that come here, it's not going to be a beach day."
Residents are encouraged to begin securing outdoor furniture, grills and waters vessels and prepare for power outages.
Ocean City is expected to see less rain than other parts of Maryland, including Baltimore, but winds are expected to be stronger. Gusts could reach up to 60 miles per hour.
Mayor Rick Meehan urged residents and visitors alike to use common sense.
"Be safe, be smart, just kind of let this thing take its course because it's going to be very quick-moving and be out of here very shortly," he said.
The latest emergency information from Ocean City, Maryland can be found here.
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