Long Branch: All weather eyes are on Hurricane Sandy and the changing forecast that could prove to be bad news for coastal residents of our area. Storm tracks that had originally shown Sandy heading out to sea and only bringing some rain and wind to the area are now edging West with a possible impact on the Jersey Shore by late Sunday into early next week.
It is too early to tell exactly how the storm will play out, but models show a possible hurricane impact to our area or the formation of a powerful Nor'Easter that would bring severe weather in the form of wind, rain and flooding. Coinciding with a full moon and seasonal astronomical high tides this storm could be on par or greater to the '92 storm that devastated coastal regions of Monmouth County and left thousands in the dark.
Area residents are urged to take the potential of this storm seriously and start making preparations in the event that Hurricane Sandy or a subtropical Nor'Easter impacts our area next week. FEMA has an in-depth guide available for download on their website: "Are You Ready?"
The impact of Hurricane Irene is still fresh in many area residents minds and it's clear that waiting until the last minute to prepare can be stressful, difficult and sometimes dangerous. Basics like food, water, ice and batteries were scarce at local stores and supermarkets when Irene hit. Generators were in peek demand and many area residents found themselves in long lines for fuel at area gas stations.
WORDontheShore will continue to provide information and updates on the possible storm threat and will assist local agencies and emergency management to provide you with information on shelters, evacuations if they are mandated.