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Christie Declares State Of Emergency Over Hurricane


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If you’re at the beach, Verona, Gov. Chris Christie would like you to head home. With Hurricane Irene set to deliver 85 mph winds and strong storm surges on Sunday, the governor today asked everybody to leave the Shore, or if your rental was supposed to start this weekend, to not go down. Christie stopped short of ordering a mandatory evacuation of the Shore, but indicated that police could begin to not allow incoming traffic into the barrier islands.

In Essex County, the storm surge map (which, inexplicably, has  been labeled “Essex-Slosh“) indicates the potential for flooding in all the areas you would expect along the Newark Bay and Passaic River, which  will likely make it difficult to use two of the county’s designated evacuation paths, the Turnpike and route 21.

Here’s the governor’s press conference.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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