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Hurricane Irene Passes, Early Estimates Say Ocean City Fared 'Pretty Well'

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Overnight reports are speculating that Hurricane Irene's impact was less severe than originally predicted, but the region will soon see just how much the powerful storm left behind.

Gusty winds have died down enough in the Delmarva Peninsula this morning that you can hear the crickets again inland.

The passed by the Ocean City coastline sometime around 2 a.m. Sunday, and although she had been downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane, she was churning up waves exceeding 15 feet, and sent storm surge levels onto the coastline that haven’t been seen in this region in more than two decades.

Ocean City mayor Rick Meehan texted an early report that says the resort held "pretty well" overnight, and crews are being sent out to assess the damage at first light.

More than 93,000 people on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and another 23,000 people in coastal Delaware are out of power heading into Sunday.

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