Also: Video from morning after in Atlantic City; the Mandatory evacuation for Atlantic County has been rescinded and the Garden State Parkway southbound to reopen at 1pm.
UPDATE 3:35pm, Sunday, Aug. 28: : The firefighter involved with a water rescue in Princeton has not died as has been reported after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made incorrect statement at an afternoon press conference.
UPDATE: Atlantic County mandatory evacuations have been rescinded. Garden State Parkway southbound to re-open at 1pm.
ATLANTIC CITY — By the time the southern New Jersey shore region woke up Sunday morning, there was a collective sigh of relief as Hurricane Irene made landfall early in the morning, resulting in much less than flooding and damage — and power outages — than initially anticipated.
There was still a reported 600,000-plus in New Jersey without power Sunday at noon. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he expected the cost of repairing damage across the state to be "in the billions of dollars, if not in the tens of billions of dollars."
Although Tropical Storm Jose was heading to Bermuda and a Flood Warning was issued for Atlantic County from the National Weather Service, from 11am to 9pm on Sunday, most of the rains related to Hurricane Irene had moved north.
Two deaths have been reported due to the storm in New Jersey including a Salem County woman who had reportedly "called 911 after he car was been washed away by a flash flood was found dead. The body, who authorities have not publicly identified, was found 9:30 a.m., according to State Police."
“She left her house, went in her car and was swept away," said Gov. Chris Christie, who urged residents to stay inside.
Just after 10am., a man was found dead in Kearny, according to Jack Burns, director of Hudson County's Office of Emergency Management.
According to officials, details are scarce and authorities reportedly "could not immediately confirm whether the death was storm-related."
Atlantic County under state of emergency effective 6am, Oct. 27. Residents urged to relocate.
The latest reports indicate that the Isaac is "much weaker than Katrina," but that thousands in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi have been forced to evacuate as the tropical storm moves in.
ATLANTIC CITY — Tuesday, Aug. 22: When I pulled up to the Pleasantville Library and saw everyone milling around outside the building, I asked if they were having a fire drill. That’s how I heard about the earthquake in Virginia and the tremors felt in our area. By the time I got home, that was the only news on every TV station. I ventured around town and found that even the BBB’s (black beach bums) had stopped laughing when they momentarily felt the sandy ground beneath them moving this way and that. These sunbathing party animals, who meet on Caspian Avenue beach daily during the summer months, keep their beach chairs and towels in their car trunks year-round. Last week, as they sat in their traditional circle catching up on neighborhood news and gossip and telling jokes, they noticed the young lifeguards bewildered faces as their lifeguard stand threatened to topple — then, the cell phones began ringing. Thursday, Aug. 24: People were still taken aback by the unusual event of earthquake tremors in our area, but no one had time to dwell on Tuesday when Hurricane Irene was dominating the airwaves most of Wednesday and Thursday. I never doubt...
“July and August are the two best months of the year and to lose [last weekend], you can never really get it back. It’s not something that you can recoup. So it’s just gone. And that hurts a lot, but it’s not something we are not going to overcome.”
Nothing like this had ever been attempted in this market — or most other markets, I suspect.
March 2010, a construction crane next to my apartment complex broke lose and we were forced to evacuate in a door to door sweep.
At 10am, CNN reported that at least 21 deaths have been caused by the storm.
At least 19 deaths over the past 24 hours, from Florida up to Connecticut, have been blamed on Irene-related incidents, according to national officials.
Hours after remarking during a Sunday afternoon press conference that a New Jersey firefighter “succumbed to his injuries from an attempted swift water rescue” in Princeton, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's office acknowledged that Christie incorrectly stated today that that firefighter had died.
Annette Funicello Dies at 70