Twelve hours after Hurricane Irene made landfall in North Carolina on Saturday, heavy winds, rains and thunderstorms pummeled the Jersey shore. And the Category 1 storm is still 12 hours away from the Garden State.
ATLANTIC CITY — Just over 12 hours after Hurricane Irene made landfall in Cape Lookout, North Carolina, heavy winds, rain and thunderstorms continue to pummel the Jersey shore.
The storm, which has killed several dozen people in the Caribbean, is expected to be a "storm of historic proportions" for the Mid-Atlantic region, including the New Jersey shore, New York City, Delaware, Pennsylvania and possibly Ohio.
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.”
Late August weekends and Labor Day weekend are when most of the Jersey shore businesses make their profits.
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.
While Hurricane Irene has everybody signing the wrong words to the 1982 Dexy's Midnight Runners No. 1 hit "Come on Eileen," the following songs have likely come to mind for many in the path of the big storm.
Boards covered up the usually-bustling summer haunts Charlie's and the Anchorage in Somers Point. On Route 9, most businesses were closed, with the exception of a nearby Wawa in Northfield, which, according to one employee, was to remain open until "they tell us to close."
"Shelters are places of last resort," Christie said. "Do not go to a center because it's close to your house and driving to a friends' house would take an hour."
ust after noon on Friday, it was reported that all Atlantic City casinos will shut down Friday, Aug. 26, due to Hurricane Irene and the mandatory evacuations.
AP: "The National Weather Service on Thursday issued a hurricane warning for nearly all the state's 130-mile coast on the Atlantic Ocean, and for areas along the Delaware Bay and River from Cape May nearly to Trenton."
It is a voluntary evacuation, according to reports. However, as experts expect the storm to hit the Jersey shore Saturday night, Christie urges Jersey shore-area residents and visitors not to come to the area this weekend and for those who are here now, to leave, if they can.
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