As of 2:30pm on Thursday, Aug. 25, the projected path of Hurricane Irene, which could still be downgraded to a category 2 storm by the time it hits New Jersey — if it does at all — has made New Jersey's governor call for a voluntary evacuation of the shore area. He is considering a mandatory evacuation.
CHRISTIE: "'Do not try to ride it out. It is not the smart thing to do."
First a 5.9 earthquake rocks the Atlantic City region and now a hurricane is making its way to the Garden State.
What a weather week.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Chrisite has declared a State of Emergency with expectation of Hurricane Irene to hit the Garden State shore area.
Christie tells Jersey Shore residents and visitors to evacuate by noon on Friday, Aug. 26.
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.
Here is video of Gov. Christie's 12"30pm press conference. Christie says he is considering a mandatory evacuation, but he is "not there yet."
According to the Associated Press:
"Gov. Chris Christie asked all visitors to New Jersey's shore to get out by midday Friday with Hurricane Irene poised to be a 'serious, significant event,' with flooding a threat across the entire state when the storm arrives this weekend.
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.
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.
See live photo feed, live Atlantic City Web cam and latest updates on Hurricane Irene and the Jersey shore region.
"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."
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."
Thousands of people evacuated the many hotels and casinos in Atlantic City, with the city streets filled with people pouring from the buildings.
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