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Atlantic City boardwalk collapse as Hurricane Sandy slams coast

atlanticcity051311_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The New Jersey shore areas are being hammered as Hurricane Sandy continues to wreak havoc along the East Coast.

Access points to and from Ocean City are all blocked due to flooding. Ocean City Patch reports that the city has declared a State of Emergency and has banned local travel.

Breakingnews.com reports a tweet from Aubrey J. Whelan regarding the Atlantic City boardwalk. According to police, the famed boardwalk's north end is collapsing.This is happening while wave heights 100 miles off the coast of New Jersey are likely to hit 30 feet or more.

According to an Associated Press report on phillyburbs.com, more than 5,000 homes and businesses had lost power as of Monday morning. Most of those buildings were in Ocean and Cumberland counties.

Governor Christie announced that the Garden State Parkway is closed in both directions from Exit 38 to the south end. Back in Atlantic City, Christie reminded people in areas likely to be hit the worst as only he can, "Don't be stupid. Get out."

Many people didn’t listen elsewhere. CNN reported that rescue efforts were taking place in Oak Orchard, Delaware, a community that was under a mandatory evacuation order. The National Guard and firemen and police were rescuing people who remained Monday morning.

More than half of the 590 school districts in New Jersey closed on Monday, and 247 districts will remain closed on Tuesday.

The National Weather Service reports that a high wind warning will remain in effect until 9 a.m. on Tuesday. Winds will increase to 40 to 55 mph by 2 p.m. with gusts of 65 to 75 mph inland but 75 to 85 mph along the coasts late this afternoon.The strongest winds are expected to occur this afternoon and early evening. Wind gusts will still be 50 to 60 mph by Tuesday morning.

NewJerseyNewsroom.com will continue to update readers on Hurricane Sandy throughout the day.

 
Comments (6)
6 Tuesday, 30 October 2012 12:56
Really
Easy to judge those people. Announcements were very much the same as when they were asked to leave in lieu of being told to leave. Media also showed many people staying before the storm hit. You'd likely see the same situations where hurricanes are not as common.
And to the person who said, "this is not a hurricane" - that's exactly the attitude that caused people to stay, so it puts you right with all the "idiots". Also proves tropical storms in highly dense urban areas can be completely devastating. Had it been a category 5, imagine how bad..
Now let's just hope the best for everyone who is hurting please. Get over yourselves.
5 Monday, 29 October 2012 21:19
john cosgrove
this people who did not evacuate are morons
Governor Christie is correct is his assessment of these Jersey shore idiots.
4 Monday, 29 October 2012 19:20
Barb in Colorado.....but my house is in OC, NJ
Don't forget.....there are a lot of people who are simply, not bright...........and no matter what they are told....will not, or cannot follow directions....(they were the same in kindergarten)
3 Monday, 29 October 2012 17:46
Mike Bromley
By the way, Sandy isn't a Hurricane. Big ugly storm, but hurricane it is not.
2 Monday, 29 October 2012 16:29
Monica Perumal
San Diego firefighters were killed in '07, rescuing people who didn't evacuate. PLEASE get out before you endanger someone else.
1 Monday, 29 October 2012 15:48
Linda Smith
I live in S. FL and I have been through many many hurricanes. My heart goes out to the people that are in the path of the storm. However; I AM VERY ANGRY over the people who DID NOT follow MANDATORY evacuation and now are PUTTING FIRST RESPONDERS AT RISK. How selfish are you.

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