Thursday, November 15, 2012
Mayor says he's just waiting for state approval
Brick hopes to allow its barrier island residents and property owners to be able to drive to their properties in their own vehicles "soon," but the township needs state approval first. "We hope it will be soon, we hope it's within days," said Mayor Stephen Acropolis, on a bus tour Thursday of many of the township's Sandy-ravaged waterfront and low-lying sections. "We're just waiting for some construction work to be cleared, for Route 35 to be opened and for approval from the state Department of Transportation." On Thursday morning, Acropolis, Police Chief Nils Bergquist, other police officers and the National Guard traveled by police-escorted bus with a limited number of media to tour the township's barrier island and other damaged …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Surfers and fishermen head toward shore
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Kevin Shea
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Surfers and fishermen outnumbered beach walkers on many beaches Saturday evening as Hurricane Sandy approached offshore. These surfers and fishermen were at the beach in Bay Head, which is under mandatory state orders to evacuate by 4 p.m. Sunday.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Stresses storm may knock out power for 7-10 days
Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) President Don Lynch says the company has learned from the mistakes it made from Hurricane Irene and is ready for Hurricane Sandy and the threat it poses to the state. The company took heat when Hurricane Irene left many New Jersey towns without power for days - and, in some cases, weeks. Many thought JCP&L's response was too slow. The biggest lesson learned is getting the information out to customers and municipalities as specifically, quickly and often as possible, Lynch said. The company wants its customers to know as much information as possible, he said. "Just know that Jersey Central will be working hard day and night - we've already started, should that storm hit shore here and cause outages …
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
And urges residents to hit the shore this weekend
Gov. Chris Christie said he would keep "my type of gentle pressure" on the heads of New Jersey utilities until electricity has been restored to all residents. Speaking in Manville, after touring the flood-ravaged borough and a Red Cross emergency shelter housing about 300 area residents, Christie said more than 600,000 New Jerseyans remain without power Monday after service had been restored to about 250,000. "I think they're doing pretty well, but the reason I'm talking to them is that I don't want them to lose focus," he said. Christie also said he had filed for disaster relief funding with the Obama Administration before the hurricane, which has been approved by the president. "The Obama Administration has been fabulous to deal with on …
Monday, August 29, 2011
Now that the storm has passed, the cleanup begins. What's next, central New Jersey?
Thousands are still without power, cable or phones. Trees litter the area and flood water remains a problem. But Central Jersey is making due. So, what is the worst thing that happened to you during the storm? And what kind of issues are you facing as we move forward? Let the region know on Patch.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Patch sites in Middlesex and Mercer counties will bring you the news live throughout the weekend, using the Cover It Live live-blogging feature.
Welcome to Patch's live blog, which will provide up-to-the-minute information on Hurricane Irene as it moves through the region. The live blog will pull in information from our local editors and photographers in the community, Twitter users and our readers, who can submit their own information and comments live. I'll be keeping an eye on the blog as the weekend moves forward. Any questions, shoot me an email at email@example.com.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Hurricane conditions expected within 36 hours
The National Weather Service has issued a hurricane warning as the entire northeastern United States prepares for the onslaught of Hurricane Irene. As of 5 a.m. Friday, the storm was located approximately 710 miles south-southwest of Atlantic City moving north at 14 miles per hour. Measurements of the storm's intensity indicated winds of up to 110 miles per hour. A hurricane warning indicates that hurricane conditions are expected within a 36 hour timeframe in the specified area. Forecasters are predicting that the storm will begin to impact the area on Saturday, with heavy rainfall up to an inch and thunderstorms beginning after 11 a.m. Saturday night will see the weather intensify as tropical storm conditions, including sustained …
New Jersey has already seen above average rainfall for the month, making potential flooding more severe.
State Climatologist David A. Robinson said Irene's potential for problems is compounded with the rainfall that the state has already seen. The Raritan Basin had upwards of nine inches of rain this month, while the normal rainfall is usually around four and a quarter inches, Robinson said. As a result the rivers are running high as it is, and there is little room to put the rainfall that is expected in this area, Robinson said. The storm forecast predicts a potential of more than 10 inches of rain in parts of New Jersey, Robinson said. "We could be faced with flooding that rivals the flooding of (Hurricane) Floyd," Robinson said. Additionally, strong, sustained winds can potentially push trees up out of the already damp soil, down power …