STATE – In addition to widespread flooding and power outages, Hurricane Irene also caused a blood shortage, according to New Jersey Blood Services, a division of New York Blood Center. The supply of several blood types, including O-negative (“universal donor”) blood, which is normally maintained at the three-to-five-day inventory level, has dropped below the two-day minimum level.
STATE – As residents continue the cleanup process after Hurricane Irene and head back to work today, Gov. Chris Christie said that the storm likely caused “billions of dollars” if not “tens of billions of dollars” to the U.S. economy.
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.”