Irene: The Strongest Hurricane to Hit Northeast in Decades?
ATLANTIC CITY — With hurricane evacuations ordered throughout the country, the southern New Jersey shore area is preparing for the tropical storm and hurricane watches, in relation to Hurricane Irene, put into effect Thursday.
Experts say now that the track of the storm has shifted slightly, it could mean a big hit for the Northeast U.S. shore, possibly being the “strongest hurricane to hit the Northeast in decades.”
Category 3 Hurricane Irene is plowing through the Bahamas as of Thursday morning, with its sites set on the U.S., according to experts.
The threat level to the East Coast, from North Carolina to New England is “extreme” according to officials.
Here is latest tracker for Hurricane Irene:
In Atlantic County, officials are warning residents and visitors to the Atlantic City-Ocean City areas to “not wait to prepare” for this storm to hit our shores.
“‘Hurricane Irene is a dangerous storm that’s going to be knocking on our backdoor. Do not wait to prepare,” said Vince Jones, director of emergency preparedness Atlantic County, in a report published Thursday that also states:
Hurricane Irene is going to impact the entire New Jersey coast and inland areas, according to Vince Jones, director of emergency preparedness. Preparations are in place to activate a rolling evacuation plan from Cape May through Atlantic County, if the storm stays on its current path and the danger mounts.
A conference call between the National Weather Service, Governor Christie’s emergency operations and local emergency managers delivered no good news today. No steering currents are going to save the Jersey coast. Even if Irene stays 50 miles offshore, the rain will cause extreme flooding in the area. Wind damage could be severe.
Stay tuned. Get prepared. And learn about the threat of Irene hitting the greater Atlantic City region and when.
Also, it’s important to keep a watch on the storm via this tracker and to stay tuned for evacuation news from local officials.
As of 11:30am on Thursday, thunderstorms are expected for this afternoon through Sunday with severe rains expected.