Thursday, August 25, 2011

New Jersey State of Emergency

As if my warnings weren't enough...

New Jersey is in a state of emergency because of Hurricane Irene. Gov. Christie is calling for a voluntary evacuation of the barrier islands by tomorrow afternoon, and urging people not to go down the shore this weekend. The state may enforce a mandatory evacuation, too.

Does this suck? TOTALLY. But hurricanes and even tropical storms are no joke. It's not just the winds we need to worry about at the South Jersey Shore, but the flooding too. Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate, Longport, Ocean City, Strathmere, Sea Isle, Avalon, Stone Harbor and the Wildwoods are ALL on barrier islands, and Cape May, being at the tip of the state, is surrounded on three sides by water. Flooding is a very real and dangerous threat. Losing a day or two off your vacation is worth not putting yourself in harm's way.

If you are renting this week or next, contact your realtor or hotel/motel and BE PATIENT. I'm sure they are dealing with everyone calling them at the same time - and remember that they're being urged to evacuate themselves, too.

You can follow news updates almost everywhere, so I won't list them here. One I will share, though: The New York Times has a Hurricane Tracker here.

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1 comment:

Ann Delaney said...

Thanks for spreading the word. I have lived here my entire life and love a good storm. But this is not your average nor'easter that rolls through the shore. I remember watching the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and vowing never to be stubborn about leaving my home if necessary.