The exodus out of Cape May and Atlantic counties has begun after a mandatory evacuation by 6am Friday morning is ordered due to threat of Irene.
Story Update (8/26/11 7pm): Hurricane Irene Path Still Threat to New Jersey; Gov. Christie: 'Get the Hell off the Beaches"
Update: Live photo stream from evacuation of Atlantic County (8/26/11 9pm):
ATLANTIC CITY — With Atlantic County under a mandatory evacuation for communities east of Route 9, the 11 Atlantic City casinos are preparing for a shutdown.
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.
Late August weekends and Labor Day weekend are when most of the Jersey shore businesses make their profits.
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.
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"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."
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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When it comes to southern New Jersey in the summer, the most plentiful freebie out there is music. Hey, even the sand and the surf aren’t free in most beach towns. But thanks to the Atlantic City Boardwalk, the Somers Point bay beaches and other spots around the region, there’s never a shortage of free concerts to enjoy.
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