UPDATED: Atlantic City Takes the Brunt of Hurricane Sandy, Even Before the Hurricane Hits Land
All emergency personnel has been told to stay off the streets and seek shelter at this hour.
Although Hurricane Sandy won’t officially hit Atlantic County until between 5 and 6 p.m., the damage done to Atlantic City is already the worst in the city’s history, city officials said.
Large portions of the city are underwater, and parts of the boardwalk have seen significant damage.
According to nj.com, about 85 percent of the city was flooded at high tide. The next high tide is expected to come in at 8 p.m. However, the tide was rising quickly around 3 p.m., according to FOX 29.
It’s the worst damage the city has seen since the storm of 1962, and earlier in the day, Galloway resident Richard Price compared it to Hurricane Dora in 1944.
According to a report from FOX 29, the fronts of Trump Plaza and Caesar's are boarded up.
Earlier in the day, the police department received over 400 calls for help, and emergency personnel, including fire fighters and police officers were stretched across the city, helping to evacuate homes, according to nj.com.
Since then, Galloway Police Chief Pat Moran, the county has ordered “all emergency personnel off the road and to seek shelter.”
Widespread damage has continued throughout the city, as reports have emerged that a roof has been blown off a home on Hobart Avenue, and that the residents need to be relocated.