From North Carolina to New Jersey, Hurricane Irene’s winds and storm surge fell short of the doomsday predictions but the danger is far from over as rising rivers threaten severe flooding across much of the affected region over the next few days.
High winds and rain from the approaching Hurricane Irene pose serious threats to unguarded residents, so officials are gearing up to respond and warning people to avoid danger.
TRENTON– NJ Transit will suspend its rail, light rail, bus and Access Link Paratransit services on Saturday as a safety precaution for customers and employees and to protect equipment, as New Jersey and its statewide transportation agency prepares for the impact of Hurricane Irene, Gov. Chris Christie announced today.
MIDDLESEX COUNTY — Residents in low-lying areas of Middlesex County have been asked to voluntarily evacuate, according to a report at NJ.com.
TRENTON –The Ramapo River floodgates are being opened to try to mitigate the anticipated flood impacts of Hurricane Irene, Gov. Chris Christie announced this afternoon.
CARTERET-Mayor Dan Reiman, members of the FMBA Local 67, and the Carteret Fire Department planned to attend a formal dedication ceremony tomorrow morning in honor of the emergency service workers who lost their lives during the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
STATE – With the potential to be the most devastating storm to hit the state in decades, Hurricane Irene could have a significant environmental impact according to the New Jersey Sierra Club.
STATE – This afternoon, Gov. Chris Christie reiterated his call for all residents and visitors to the New Jersey barrier islands in Cape May, Atlantic and Ocean counties to leave for safer locations before Hurricane Irene reaches the state. He warned that the hurricane brings the potential for record flooding and told residents, “you stay there at the risk of your life.”
UNION COUNTY – The Union County Prosecutor’s Office concluded a five-month investigation into last year’s MusicFest and found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing, officials announced yesterday. However, Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow strongly criticized the county for its poor planning and management of the event.
STATE – Last night, Gov. Chris Christie reinforced his call for all residents and visitors to the New Jersey barrier islands and shore areas to leave for safer locations before Hurricane Irene reaches the state.