Owners and residents of Ocean Grove have been asked to be prepared for the worst and stay safe according to information gathered by Neptune Police Department, other media, television channels, and by the governor of the State of New Jersey.
Radio station 101.5 reported, “Although the storm is approximately 465 miles off our coast, the effects of the surges are being felt in Ocean City, Maryland and on the Jersey Shore.” Barrier islands, which are pieces of land that have a bay on one side and the ocean on the other, such Atlantic City, Long Beach Island, and Toms River are affecting a mandatory evacuation immediately.
Sandy’s full effect will not to reach the Monmouth County, Ocean County’s Jersey Shore until late Monday evening into Tuesday morning, as this reported to be a “slow-moving storm” by Radio Station 101.5, but when it hits, we should expect 40 to 70 mph sustained winds to howl.
Governor Christie has appeared on television since early Saturday morning preparing the entire state for an emergency situation. He’s calling for a State-Wide State of Emergency, meaning expect power outages, and expect power to be out for a long time. Gov. Christie said, “Crews cannot fix downed wires in the rain,” and the public is forewarned to be prepared that you will be without power for several days.
Resident owners of property facing the ocean have taken further precaution boarding up windows. Lawn tables, chairs, and ornamental garden treatment should be put indoors to prevent flying objects from taking off. Motor vehicle owners were warned on the first two beach blocks to park their cars towards the back of town.
It’s been advised not to touch downed wires. Residents, owners, visitors, whomever, are to consider these downed wires have electrical current, high voltage, which can be deadly, even though they are lying on the ground.
Sand barriers have been built in front of dunes to prevent the ocean’s surges from getting over the boardwalk in Ocean Grove, Asbury Park and Bradley Beach.
We have been warned two days in advance to move forward and evacuate our homes to stay safe during this storm that is likely to be the worst storm to hit the Jersey Coast since 1934.
Advise: charge cell phones, laptop computers, and other iPods, Kindles, Nooks to be able to access the Internet. Check in on neighbors that live alone. Call your local police department if you’re in need of assistance, and have plenty of drinking water on hand.
If we brave the storm as suggested by our elected officials, we’ll get through Hurricane Sandy 2012 safely!