Thursday, March 7, 2013
Number of residents without power down since Wednesday afternoon; No breaches or washovers in Mantoloking
After nearly 500 Brick residents lost power Wednesday afternoon, most had the lights back on by Thursday morning. Jersey Central Power & Light reported just eight customers without power township-wide by 5 a.m. Brick also survived the first ocean high tide of the latest nor'easter. There were no breaches of the oceanfront anywhere on either of Ocean County's two barrier islands. An earlier rumor of a breach was determined to be untrue by officials. Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis said while Route 35 remained opened, there was one small washover of the township's dune berm near the Ocean Club condominium complex, formerly known as the Thunderbird. "Some residents, for some reason, decided to take sand from the berm and level it off," he said. …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Barrier island towns escaped Wednesday afternoon's high tide mostly unscathed, though the threat remains.
A nor'easter currently whipping up the Atlantic Ocean has yet to cause flooding in communities along the barrier island, giving towns still recovering from Hurricane Sandy hope that predications from the National Weather Service of possible moderate to severe flooding are unrealized. Consistent winds and strong gusts caused large waves to rise in the ocean though despite a few areas of obvious erosion, barrier island communities like Seaside Heights and Ortley Beach were able to make it through Wednesday afternoon's high tide without flooding. Heavy winds have created sandstorm-like conditions in shore towns as they redistribute some of the sand from barriers erected along the beach throughout the communities. While flooding hasn't hit …
If shelter is needed, it would be located at Brick Memorial
Jersey Central Power & Light reported 479 customers in Brick were without power Wednesday afternoon. The utility said customers should report outages by calling 888-544-4877. Brick Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis said there was a fear that ocean dunes could be washed over by the high tide, though he did not expect a breach. "We're ready as best we can be," Acropolis said. "I don't think we're going to get any kind of breaches over this." No decisions have been made to open shelters, the mayor said. If, depending on the number of power outages or flood issues, a shelter is needed, one would be located at Brick Memorial High School on Lanes Mill Road.
VIDEO: Water rushes in Manasquan Inlet, no dune washovers yet, transformer blows along Route 35 near Ocean Beach Shores
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Wednesday, March 6
Water rushed quickly into Manasquan Inlet as winds began to gust, and ocean waves crashed hard against the shore, nearly reaching dune berms that had been pushed up to mitigate potential damage as a nor'easter began to make its presence known at the Jersey Shore. Back bay water levels ran low at low tide however, though they were expected to reach several feet above normal at high tide Wednesday. As high tide approached on the oceanfront, no washover was observed on Route 35, however there were scattered reports of power outages. A transformer blew and wires could be seen arcing along Route 35 South near Toms River's Ocean Beach Shores neighborhood.
Recent warnings from the National Weather Service indicate high tides and potential for flooding.
The National Weather Service is predicting that a nor'easter impacting New Jersey could cause minor to moderate flooding along coastal areas with the possibility of dune breaches and property damage to already vulnerable structures. According to a recent update from the NWS, the winter storm, which will bring heavy sustained winds and wind gusts and rain and snow through Thursday and into early Friday morning, will close roads, cause beach erosion, and present a particularly significant threat to beaches and shore communities already compromised following Hurricane Sandy. The storm's target areas include much of the coast, including Eastern Monmouth County, Ocean County, Coastal Ocean County, Coastal Atlantic County, Middlesex County, as …
Interactive map scrolls through conditions
Wednesday's nor'easter is expected to bring more than 24 hours of high winds and heavy surf, taking its toll on the coastline. Coastal flooding is predicted as towns such as Brick and Toms River urge heading inland from the barrier island. Manasquan and Spring Lake also warned residents of heavy surf and high wind damage, suggesting residents move vehicles from ocean blocks and secure lawn furniture. In this interactive map from Swellinfo, the colors indicate wave heights and letters represent wind direction, giving you an indication of forecasted conditions. Click the play, forward or rewind buttons on the top right of the map to scroll through the coming hours and see how surf and wind conditions will unfold.
New Jersey's Office of Emergency Management is monitoring the storm and calling on residents to be prepared.
Gov. Chris Christie has ordered the activation of the State Emergency Operations Center Wednesday morning in anticipation of a mid-Atlantic coastal storm expected to bring heavy rain and snow, high winds and coastal flooding to New Jersey. The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management is currently monitoring the storm, which should arrive tonight and last through Friday morning. Col. Rick Fuentes, State Police Superintendent and Director of the state's OEM is asking residents to be careful on the road during the storm as there exist the potential for slippery conditions. Residents of coastal communities, many of them still recovering after Hurricane Sandy, face the thread of potential high winds and flooding, he said, and should heed …
Flood warning, winter storm watch among advisories issued.
New Jersey's coastal areas were under multiple severe weather advisories Wednesday as a powerful nor'easter enters the region. A coastal flood warning, wind advisory and winter storm watch were in effect, as well as a storm warning for offshore waters. Several municipalities, including Brick, Toms River, Point Pleasant Boro, Waretown, Atlantic City, Ocean City and Barnegat were warning residents of barrier islands and low-lying areas to get to out of harm's way and move their vehicles to higher ground. Widespread minor tidal flooding with spotty moderate flooding was predicted at times of high tide Wednesday, the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Mount Holly said. Thursday's high tide periods were forecast to be more severe, with …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Mayor: inspections performed to identify weak spots; washover expected in storm but hoping for no breaches
Toms River and other towns prepare for flooding; 60 m.p.h. wind gusts, 16-foot seas offshore possible in strong nor'easter
A few days into the month, March will come in like a lion at the Jersey Shore, where a nor'easter is forecast to spur flooding, high winds and extremely rough surf. The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a coastal flood watch that remains in effect for the entire Shore area, as well as a storm watch and small craft advisory for offshore waters. The storm is forecast to begin as a rain event in coastal areas after 8 a.m. Wednesday and continue through late Thursday, with the potential for the precipitation to turn to snow. Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said he would meet Tuesday with the township’s public works department to discuss possible preparations, according to NJ.com. Toms River took substantial damage …