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Sandy Slams Through


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Belmar. From 15th ave on Ocean Ave looking south. (Photo: Joe Hosking, Jersey Shore Hurricane News)

Hurricane Sandy sliced into New Jersey far to the south of Verona, but its winds have already cut down several trees and power lines.

Stock Road, a street in the Forest Avenue side of town near the border of Essex Fells, was the first to go in mid-afternoon. Trees went down on Linden, Elmwood, Personette and Hillside avenues, taking out power. The Verona Fire Department went on more than 20 calls overnight.

Verona schools will be closed again on Wednesday because five of six buildings are without power.

The devastation is far worse elsewhere in the state. Large sections of the Atlantic City boardwalk appear to have been carried away by the storm, and there is severe flooding in both Hoboken and Jersey City.  Power is out in much of Newark. Advisen, a data and news service for the insurance industry, is putting the total damage in New Jersey at $10 billion.

You can see the full extent of the trouble across the state in this live feed from the New Jersey News Commons, a broadly sourced news site set up by Montclair State University. You do not need to log in to read the feed.

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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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