Point Pleasant Beach police are strongly urging that people not come to town to look at the ocean or Manasquan Inlet.
"We seem to be having an influx of people coming into town in order to look at the ocean and inlet," said Detective Pat Petruzziello early Sunday afternoon. He said police are strongly urging people "to not come into town for this purpose as we are in the midst of a mandatory evacuation."
The police are currently working on getting residents and visitors east of the NJ Transit train tracks, on Arnold Avenue and Route 35 north, out of town as quickly as possible and by a 4 p.m. deadline at the latest.
For the residents east of the tracks who are still in their homes, police are issuing the following reminder: "The Point Pleasant Beach Office of Emergency Management is reminding residents that evacuations are mandatory for all residents on the east side of the train tracks and voluntary for those on the west side of the train tracks.
"Regional shelters have been established and anyone that requires transportation to a shelter needs to be at the Point Pleasant Beach High School, Forman Avenue side, between 6:00 and 6:30 PM today, Sunday. Although shelters are available we strongly urge all residents to find alternative sheltering if possible and use the shelters only as a last resort."
A shelter will be available at about 4 p.m. today at Point Pleasant Borough High School. For information on other shelters, please click on this link.