Mandatory Evacuation Ordered on Long Beach Island at the Jersey Shore!
Ocean County emergency officials have ordered a mandatory evacuation of Long Beach Island at the Jersey Shore. The evacuation orders take effect at 8am Friday. Those evacuation plans followed Gov. Chris Christie declaration of a state of emergency in New Jersey earlier today.
As a barrier island, LBI is susceptible to the high winds of the hurricane, as well as the unusually high tides expected.
Officials are not taking Hurricane Irene lightly. And they're not only concerned with our coastline.
New Jersey’s statewide average for rainfall this month is already more than double what it typically is, while some towns in the state appear to have already tripled their average August rainfall.
Climatologists say as a result the soil is already fairly saturated and river levels above average. That makes it easier for trees to be uprooted by high winds. In south Jersey's Cumberland County, among the hardest hit by August rains, several dams failed during a storm two weeks ago, causing millions in damage and road that are still flooded.
Police and emergency officials on LBI say residents should secure loose items around their homes, such as outdoor furniture, grills and other equipment, that may be blown about by the wind or floated on flood tides and cause damage to other homes before they evacuate.
More information on the Long Beach Island evacuation order will be broadcast on local cable television channels 22 and 39, and streamed on the island's tourism information radio, Long Beach Island Information Radio at 1650 on the AM dial. Check out the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management.