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UPDATE: Harvey Cedars Police: Conditions 'Rapidly Deteriorating'

Ocean has breached in certain areas of LBI and has met the Boulevard.

As of about 9 a.m. today, the Harvey Cedars Office of Emergency Management has asked all residents who are remaining in the area to report to High Point Firehouse "to be transported off the island immediately," due to "rapidly deteriorating" conditions. 

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.

In a press release from Stafford Police, Lt. Tom Dellane reported that "numerous roads in the Cedar Bonnet Island, Mud City, Mallard Island and Beach Haven West sections of town are currently flooded and impassable. Emergency workers are currently providing evacuation assistance in these areas to residents who are impacted by the flooding." Police are asking residents to stay off roadways to allow emergency workers access to affected areas.

Ocean City already has surpassed Hurricane Irene in terms of water level. Recent readings are at 5.1 feet at the Bayside Center, and Irene's top tide was about 4.5 feet.

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.

Preiser said that there have been pockets of flooding reported throughout the island, including the main circle that serves as the entrance to Long Beach Island. The eastbound lane has been shut down to oncoming traffic, but the westbound lane to the Causeway bridge was still passable around 6 p.m. Sunday, Preiser said.

Joe l October 29, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Did the local towns prune trees away from power lines after Irene?
Khernandez October 29, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Anyone know what the marlboro/manalapan area can expect and when?
Noel Vee October 29, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Better safe than sorry. Be safe NJ.
Jake October 29, 2012 at 02:25 AM
A clever idea that I saw was to fill up gallon size zip lock bags and freeze them...use it to keep the fridge cool a little while longer if the power goes :)
Jake October 29, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Something I did was I cranked the freezer and fridge on the coldest setting as well...not sure how wise that is but again just in anticipation of what may come...may God protect us all!!!
Danielle October 29, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Is anyone on the mainland that knows how BHW is doing? How the lagoons are holding up?
Abby Normal October 29, 2012 at 02:40 AM
https://www.facebook.com/JerseyShoreHurricaneNews is a great site that updates regularly from all major emergency outlet.
Abby Normal October 29, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Jake, I put water bottles in the freezer, same concept, and also turned it up all the way. Also, if you have not done it yet, get your emergency phone numbers NOW for cable, electric, gas, what have you. I had cable go out once already and was kicking myself for not having the number or my acct number handy.
Abby Normal October 29, 2012 at 02:44 AM
1-800-COMCAST for cable, the number with my electric bill is 1-888-544-4877, for JCP&L.
Jake October 29, 2012 at 03:06 AM
that's definitely good advice ...I would add local shelters as well. Good stuff.
BN October 29, 2012 at 03:15 AM
You can keep an eye on the rising level of the Toms River here: http://river-depth.com/graphs/01408500?hide_time=1&period=1 And here: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?01408500
Kim O'Brien October 29, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Hoping my little island survives! Good luck to everyonvin Mamahawkin-LBI area!!
Danielle October 29, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Thanks for the sites. I hope the island and manahawkin hold up. I hope the lagoons in Manahawkin don't take down my house :( Good luck all.
Donna Alan October 29, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Anybody know where we can get a generator?
Michele October 29, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Any info on what's happening at pier village in long branch?? Any pictures of the store fronts to see how they are handling it?
Jake October 29, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Check Pep Boys...I got lucky there last year.
Toms River Marksmen October 29, 2012 at 04:05 AM
if you access to ice fill up the bathtub with ice and then you could put all of your cold stuff in there. also if you have a bbq grill put it in the garage so that when you need it for cooking purposes all you have to do is open the garage door instead of going out in the pouring rain and high winds to cook food. Also treat this storm like New Orleans didnt so that the reports dont make us New Jersians look like dumbasses. Just stay calm and stay prepared
Deep snapper October 29, 2012 at 07:25 AM
Can anyone please tell me if the seaside pier collapsed? The guy at wawa just told me he heard it on the news. Also does anyone know what time walmart closes tonight?
Deep snapper October 29, 2012 at 07:29 AM
Hey marksman. You don't Know crap about the situation in new orleans. Just because ignorant poets didn't leave doesn't mean the people that did, didn't return to a horrible situation. You just better pray a FEMA trailer doesn't get erected in your bedroom. Wait, nothing is ever erected in your bedroom. Now say something stupid here____
Angela October 29, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Any idea what is going on in Ocean Gate/Bayville. I had to evacuate .. I'm on the lagoon.
Denise O'Hara October 29, 2012 at 01:26 PM
call Lowes in Manchester - they may have truck coming this afternoon and they are only one open as of right now
Denise O'Hara October 29, 2012 at 01:27 PM
732-408-2600
janice October 29, 2012 at 02:51 PM
anyone know what 86th street looks like? that's where my house is :(
janice October 29, 2012 at 02:51 PM
86th in cedars...
Ed October 30, 2012 at 05:58 AM
How about surf city central avenue and 19th st how much water?? Anyone have a depth ???
Tim Mabes October 30, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Thanks for the postings, curious if anyone knows the N 5'th Street area of Surf City, bay side, did it survive?
rosemary October 30, 2012 at 09:06 PM
did you get at an answer about 86th st in Cedars as I have family that have a summer home at 88th st in Cedars?
sanctuary October 30, 2012 at 10:55 PM
So because poor people didin't have cars to drive out of New Orleans, they are "dumbasses"....really tho'?
Robert weinert October 30, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Now let's see how many people who think that the beaches in front of their homes are their private play area let them replenish the sand now without any of my tax dollars
Bethanie Kaplan October 31, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Anyone know any news on Cedar Bonnet Island?

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