Monday, September 3, 2012
The strengthening system could send swells toward the Jersey Shore next week.
Tropical Storm Leslie continues to gain strength and move northward, and the storm could become the first hurricane of the season felt by the Jersey Shore. The projected track of the storm comes nowhere near the East Coast, but there's a good chance that the New Jersey coast will see increased surf from the distant storm by the middle or end of the week. Leslie's sustained winds were 60 mph on Sunday, but the National Hurricane Center predicts that the storm will become a hurricane (sustained winds of at least 74 mph) within three or four days. The storm is moving on a path north toward Bermuda, and forecasters predict it will remain over the open water of the Atlantic Ocean. But since the tropical system is newly formed, the National …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Irene made some residents lives 'miserable'
One year ago Sunday, Point Pleasant Beach resident David Nadle watched as the waves pounded over the boardwalk near Risden's Beach. Hurricane Irene, which was downgraded to a tropical storm, hung off the coast, and was about to make for a very "miserable" few days for Nadle. "We lost power for six days," he recalled, sitting Sunday on the same Risden's Beach he visited last year. He said the wind and waves that were along the beach today, which forced lifeguards to limit swimming to those areas marked off with yellow flags, were "nothing" compared to those seen with Irene. Even though his neighborhood was not evacuated, Nadle said he had to leave home until the electrical problems were remedied. He added even though he has lived in this …
Sunday, August 26, 2012
The couple will have been happily married for one year Sunday.
One year ago Sunday, then-Jessy Phifer walked down the isle a little earlier than she had planned. Hurricane Irene had gotten to just about everything. Stores were shutting down, the parkway was closed off, communities were evacuating and Phifer's wedding was canceled. “The day of our wedding was crazy,” now-Jessy Phifer Cannon said. “We were supposed to have our rehearsal that day.” Phifer, 30, originally from Lacey Township and her husband Shaun Cannon, 31, a native of Florida, were set for their wedding on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, at the United Methodist Church on Lacey Road. The chaos began two days prior to the planned wedding date, when Phifer was notified by the reception venue Bayfront in Waretown that there had been a power surge…
An event that mobilized and galvanized a region that was determined to stay safe
Some say it was the big storm that wasn't very big at all. A year ago this weekend, Hurricane Irene plowed into the East Coast with a roar, churning up the shoreline and leaving shuttered businesses and displaced families in its wake. By the time it got to the Jersey Shore, however, the storm that once packed 115 mph winds had fizzled into a tropical storm that felled trees, flooded roads and knocked out power to tens of thousands, but kept many more free from harm. Still, few argue that Hurricane Irene did something that had rarely - if ever - been done before, doing as much to bring together the Jersey Shore, and give it the good name it has long had, that many believe a certain MTV show has not. It galvanized and mobilized a region that…
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Storm did not live up to catastrophic expectations, but still packed a punch
The message from the mayor's office was stark and simple "Whereas it has become evident that all persons present should leave the jurisdiction..." read the Aug. 26, 2011 message sent by then-Berkeley Mayor Jason J. Varano and Police Chief Karin T. DiMichele. But the the notice didn't just include the usual ocean and bayfront areas in South Seaside Park and Pelican island. This time it included residents who lived in the mainland waterfront areas - "...all homes along the Cedar Creek, the Toms River and the bayfront shall evacuate the area." And in case residents didn't get the message, police officers cruised slowly down street after street that Friday night. Bayview Avenue, Harbor Inn Road, Neary Avenue, Cedar Beach, Sandpiper Beach, …
At one point, 87,000 county residents were without power during the storm
Last year, words such as "flunked" were being used to describe Jersey Central Power and Light's preparedness for Hurricane Irene. Now, after dealing with several summer storms that have knocked out power to thousands this summer, Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari is among the first to praise JCP&L. "JCP&L has been very supportive," Vicari said last week at the county Board of Freeholders' meeting. "The relationship is much better now." About 87,000 Ocean County residents were without power when Irene hit, some of them for as long as a week, suffering the loss of perishable food. Vicari was one of the most vocal critics of JCP&L last summer in the aftermath of the storm, repeatedly calling for the Board of Public Utilities to put a representative…
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Season starts this week
It was less than a year ago that Hurricane Irene inflicted serious damage on the east coast of the United States. With hurricane season officially starting on Friday the state is taking steps to try and avoid a repeat of Irene in 2012. New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness Director Edward Dickson and New Jersey State Police Superintendent Colonel Rick Fuentes recently announced some of the changes being made. That includes an increase in communication to help residents prepare for emergency situations. With hurricane season running through Nov. 30 Dickson said hopefully with preparation New Jersey residents will be ready should a similar storm strike the state. "Last summer, New Jersey experienced first-hand the damage …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Utility says upgrades will improve system reliability
Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) will invest more than $200 million to improve the reliability of its infrastructure, the company announced Tuesday. The utility will invest in upgrades to distribution circuits, underground cables and substations, as well as improve its tree-trimming program. The company came under fire in the wake of Hurricane Irene, when customers and some elected officials complained of power outages lasting for days. The company's president, Don Lynch, told Patch that the planned upgrades will help prevent outages during severe storms by strengthening redundancy in the company's infrastructure and lessening the wait time for repairs since additional substations and more lines will be constructed. "Everything we're …
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
The Jersey Shore received a lashing, but North Jersey took the brunt
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- Daniel Nee
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Hurricane Irene would have been the first hurricane to make landfall in New Jersey in more than a century, had it actually been packing hurricane-strength winds at the time. But by the time Irene rolled ashore at Little Egg Inlet in southern Ocean County, its wind speed had already decreased to 69 m.p.h. – a full 5 m.p.h. short of hurricane strength – meaning it was actually just a tropical storm. The new findings were released Dec. 14 by the National Hurricane Center, the latest of equivalent post-mortems the agency has posted on every other storm of the 2011 hurricane season. Every year, the hurricane center releases "tropical cyclone reports" on each named storm after hurricane season ends Nov. 30. The report said a storm surge of 3 to …
Monday, November 28, 2011
Deadline moved to Jan. 23, 2012
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced a 60-day extension for the proof of loss deadline for flood victims of Hurricane Irene from Nov. 23, 2011, to Jan. 23, 2012 under the National Flood Insurance Program. The extension goes into effect for flood policyholders in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia with dates of loss between Aug. 26 and Sept. 4. FEMA can be contacted toll-free at 800-462-7585. Lines are open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.