Nightly News   |  August 27, 2011

Ocean City, Md. gets ready to take on the ocean

Hurricane Irene is making giant waves in Ocean City, Md. and has already dumped four inches on the town that's expecting the worst of the storm to hit around 8 p.m. on Saturday. NBC's Tom Costello reports.

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>> teeth of this for the last hour or so, the resort city of ocean city , maryland, nbc's tom costello has been there covering for us. tom, good evening.

>> brian, hi. we have been watching these sustained wind averaging 35 miles per hour on the delmarva peninsula . gusts up to 40. behind me look at the atlantic ocean churn. by some estimates looking at 20, 25 feet before you get to the whitecaps. and literally about two hours ago i was 50 yards out. so that has literally encroached all the way up here, encroached rather up to the sand dune . we are talking also 200,000 people who had been evacuated off the island tuc.t we spent time with the police, they spent time on the island making sure nobody is taking advantage of the situation and looting, and b, people who have chosen to stay are safe and asked for next of kin information. we have 4 inches of rain on the del delmarva, expecting 10 to 12. expecting we will see the worst of the storm at high tide in the 8:00 hour, at least that's when it will start. then we will get progressively worse up until midnight, 1:00, 2:00 in the morning when the eye of the storm comes across us. we are now getting pelted by this heavy rain . the heavy wind coming directly out of the west. it has been vacillating between north and west. but now, east, east, behind me. the east, is where it is coming from. back to you.

>>> the, tom. you pointed out, every municipality, seeing the storm, seeing it for at least one tide cycle part of the destruction we are seeing.