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NJ Braces for Hurricane Sandy

Friday, October 26, 2012

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie declared a state of emergency on Saturday as Hurricane Sandy barreled up the Atlantic with the East Coast in its sights.

NJ Transit began preparations for a shutdown of service at 4 p.m. on Sunday. It's expected to be completed by 2 a.m.

On Saturday, Christie called for a mandatory evacuation of barrier islands from Sandy Hook to Cape May and Atlantic City casinos by 4 p.m. on Sunday. He said that all state parks would be closed at noon on Sunday.

In order to make it easier for people to leave the coastal areas of the state, Christie said tolls would be suspended on the northbound lanes of the Garden State Parkway and the westbound Atlantic City Expressway beginning 6 a.m. Sunday.

Power companies have advised the governor that the combination of existing fall foliage and the sustained rain and wind could generate power outages ranging from seven to 10 days.

In Ledgewood, N.J., close to 70 people have been waiting for hours for a truck from the Midwest to bring generators to the local Home Depot.

Oliver Minot from Mendham has been waiting since 3 a.m.  Sunday morning.

"I think that the group that has been here has been extremely patient," Minot said.  "Most of the people here are husbands with kids and wives at home that are little bit scarred that if lights go out they want to make sure their kids have the proper lighting, food and heat."

Minot says he had one for Irene but it broke a few months ago. "You are able to pretty much able to run your refrigerator, television, portable heaters, electric blankets."

The governor also said all state offices will be closed Monday.

Officials say Hurricane Sandy is shaping up as a "state-wide, serious weather event," and that businesses and residents need to prepare. Flooding conditions may be made even worse by two cycles of high tides that will be problematic for low-lying areas in the state on Monday morning.

New Jersey residents are pouring into grocery and hardware stores to stock up on supplies. Sean Lacon of South Orange went to his local Home Depot on Friday, but couldn't find anything he needed.

"No batteries, no flashlights, generators were gone. It was a madhouse and people actually came on Thursday and wiped them out," Lacon said.

Reservoirs in the state were being drawn down and efforts made to clear leaves.

From the farms in the Jersey Highlands to the auto repair shops along the Passaic River in Paterson people were already scrambling to prepare for Sandy.

At Phil Green's Sun High Orchards in Randolph, dozens of pre-schoolers were squealing with delight as they navigated a sea of pumpkins while Green sized up what he needed to do in advance of the storm that's expected to hit Monday.

"I am going to take down at least one of my big tents," he said. "Rain I can handle, snow like Halloween last year, that was a disaster."

Green said because last year’s freak snow fall hit in the midst of full foliage it wasn't until he was pruning his orchards in the winter that he "realized he full scope of what had happened."

The city of Paterson’s North Main Street runs along the banks of the Passaic River. Several employees at auto body repair shops  lining the road were sizing up which vehicles were worth driving to higher ground.

Auto body shop owner Anthony Gardner has been at the same location for a decade and experienced the ravages of flooding several times.

"I am not going to let it catch me again this time," Gardner vowed.  He said he lost everything when Hurricane Irene hit, including his customers’ cars which got submerged under 10 feet of water.

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APRIL from MANHATTAN

THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT BUT THEY MAYOR DOESN'T KNOW AND I CAN'T CONTACT HIM ONLINE. IF YOU CAN, PLEASE DO. HE SPOKE OF KEEPING SHADES AND CURTAINS CLOSED DURING THE STORM. I'M FROM THE SOUTH, AND HAVE BEEN THROUGH MANY HURRICANES. KEEP YOUR WINDOWS SLIGHTLY CRACKED, SO THE PRESSURE ISN'T DIFFERENT INSIDE AND OUTSIDE, WHICH IS WHAT CAUSES WINDOWS TO BREAK OR SHATTER. PLEASE PASS THIS ON, ESPECIALLY TO THE TOP.

Oct. 28 2012 12:50 PM
eleniNYC from Jackson Heights

Looking forward to another hyper-vigilant Blooperberg moment and a much needed Monday off following in the wake of OPen School week. I wonder if he'll be shutting down schools too. If he shuts the City down, I wonder from which of his mansions in the tax dodging countries he'll be calling -in from? Bermuda? Nassau? Costa Rica?

HEY !!!! LETS GO WIND SURFING !!!!

Oct. 27 2012 09:23 PM
Beach Bum from Beach Haven

I was living on Long beach Island when one of these "perfect storms" hit in December of 1992.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lc0t5vVfVWQ

Anyone who was around back then remembers it only too well.

Here's hoping that this one fizzes out before it get's up here.

Oct. 27 2012 06:33 PM

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