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UPDATE: Hurricane Sandy Hits The Jersey Shore

Transformers blow throughout Union, Middlesex counties and south; hundreds of thousands without power

The first hurricane in recorded history to strike the Jersey Shore—a massive storm packing winds up to 97 mph—has hit land, shutting down the state's infrastructure, knocking out power to hundreds of thousands and leaving an untold number of people stranded by flooding.

The Atlantic Ocean is now creeping and pouring into the streets of Point Pleasant Beach, Long Beach Township and many other communities along the Jersey Shore, a region that had never felt the 90-mph winds and paths of distruction caused by a direct hurricane strike.

Weather forecasters say the center of Hurricane Sandy hit Atantic City around 8 p.m., about five miles east of Galloway Township and 10 miles north of Atlantic City. The city's casino industry shut down for the fourth time since gaming was legalized in New Jersey in 1978.

"Travel puts residents like you at risk," read a Metuchen Borough service announcement. "Live wires are on the ground."

In Brick, a house near the Barnegat Bay dislodged but apparently caused no damage to the Mantoloking Bridge after it reportedly struck the span, police said.

Police said they're investigating, but they can't even get to that eastern side of the span to inspect the damaged house, said Sgt. Keith Reinhard of the Brick Police.

Police can't travel to that side of the Barnegat Bay because the ocean has breached through.

On Long Beach Island, the Atlantic Ocean breached through to the Barnegat Bay. On their Facebook page, Harvey Cedars police wrote: "We are experiencing areas where the ocean has breached over and has met the Boulevard." 

Eyewitnesses noted that back bay flooding was high in certain areas of the island, and that the ocean had breached the dunes in certain areas of Loveladies and North Beach.

Sections of Long Beach Island and Stafford were seeing sustained winds around 35 miles per hour as of 7:30 a.m. this morning and pockets of flooding, according to police.

On their Facebook page, Harvey Cedars police wrote: "we are experiencing areas where the ocean has breached over and has met the Boulevard." 

Eyewitnesses noted this morning that back bay flooding is high in certain areas of the island, and that the ocean has breached the dunes in certain areas of Loveladies and North Beach.

Harvey Cedars Chief Thomas Preiser and Coast Guard Barnegat Light Jay O. Greiner told Patch they are mostly concerned about Monday, around 8 p.m., when the high tide is expected, along with steady, strong winds.

In Berkeley, the battered Beachwood Shopping Center was engulfed in flames Monday night as Hurricane Sandy struck the Jersey Shore.

The smell of burning transformers lingered down a dark Route 9 as 80 mph winds blew through Berkeley.

No word on the extent of the damages to the controversial structure.

jc October 30, 2012 at 09:55 AM
Family in moorestown, anyone know how bad has that been hit.
Charles Chubb October 30, 2012 at 10:21 AM
Many prayers from Florida are sent upward on behalf of so many up north. 2 Chronicles 7:14
Dr. Ed October 30, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Did u listen? He was trying to protect them from the morons too dumb to leave before it was dangerous for our staff
Dr. Ed October 30, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Sorry Bill obviously kid money does not know ( or care to find out) where blackwood is
Our Town October 30, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Moorestown was pretty well intact. A lot of branches down but nothing too major as far as I could tell.
Laurie Ruffenach October 30, 2012 at 01:40 PM
My mother's house is in Normandy beach south bound side of Rt. 35 anyone know anything about the damage there?
JSam October 30, 2012 at 01:56 PM
I have a house in OC at the southern most end, any news on water levels there?
Laura Farrow October 30, 2012 at 02:04 PM
We have family in Westfield...haven't been able to get a hold of them. Anyone have information on weather conditions there? Appreciate any word
Andrea October 30, 2012 at 03:31 PM
To the person who posted about family in Westfield, I also have family in Westfield and she lost power last night and still doesn't have it.
Nivedita October 30, 2012 at 06:59 PM
what about Avenel, NJ ?
Betsy Nunez October 30, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Chimney Rock Inn in Bridgewater is open for those without power and wanting a hot meal.
Ellen October 30, 2012 at 07:06 PM
As a former naturalized Texan (now an Ocean City resident) I thank you for your thoughts and wish I was back in TX.
Cindy Clark October 30, 2012 at 08:30 PM
hats off to our public works department. They have been out all day in the storm yesterday and today cleaning out storm drains, roads.....great work guys!!
Robert weinert October 30, 2012 at 11:04 PM
I hope those people on lib who think that the beaches in front of their mansions are their private beaches will let the pay now to replenish the sand
KF October 30, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Any info on Bradford drive on bay in point pleasant. Still awaiting response from family there and phone lines are down. Anyone know if they have power and if there was any damage to homes along the bay
Tt October 30, 2012 at 11:20 PM
My family lives in Moorestown ... Most have power. All seemed well, despite the loss of cable and I telnet in my mothers neighborhood
Deepika Kaul October 31, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Windy but still have power. Hang in there everybody!
Deepika Kaul October 31, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Hi readers, For everyone looking for info on a specific town, see if your town or area is covered by Patch - many NJ towns are. http://www.patch.com/
annie carhart October 31, 2012 at 03:12 AM
im living in colorado now, but grew up in leonardo on the dry side of hwy 36. my brother was supposed to get married tonight, mischief night , in keyport, right off the bay. havent heard from him since monday, cant find road or power outage reports. can anyone tell me what are the odds the wedding happened?
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress November 01, 2012 at 04:21 AM
It will take work, but it will get done. Two years from now, we'll be back to who we are. Landmarks lost will live on in the collective memories of those of us who grew up here - and personal losses will remain with us, also. What it means to be from the Jersey Shore will never change. We don't quit. We don't surrender. We grab life by it's face and kick it's ass. We're not finished, not by a long-shot. "Though I am broken, I am not slain - I'll lie me down to bleed awhile, then rise to fight, again!"
whatever41 November 02, 2012 at 01:58 AM
AMEN!
PVNJ November 02, 2012 at 02:08 AM
I am wondering what neighborhoods, if any, have power in Bloomfield, especially the north end of town. Anyone have information on that?
Sharon van blijdesteijn November 02, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Most of Oakview has power and many families in Oakview never lost power. A lot of the Brookdale section is still without power.
Justin dark November 02, 2012 at 05:42 PM
When did the tennis court lights in palaski park become a priority?
Kris November 03, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Have friends that live on Arts Lane in Loveladies, NJ. Anyone know what happened in that area?
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress November 03, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Just another "bump" to remove the infamous "coach" spammer.
whatever41 November 03, 2012 at 12:48 PM
If they are anywhere on LBI, they could be in trouble, I will pray they will be safe. I just don't know the street areas, sorry.
whatever41 November 03, 2012 at 12:58 PM
I went up on Google Maps to Arts LN in Longbch Island,, your friends are one street away from the beach,, hopefully they got out of Dodge before Sandy hit it. Most people did evacuate.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress November 05, 2012 at 08:15 AM
and ANOTHER BUMP...someone please post a comment - I don't want people thinking "I" am a spammer, too. I find this "Coach" jackass offensive.
whatever41 November 05, 2012 at 01:51 PM
He or she needs to change their medication.

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