Another severe storm is working its way towards New Jersey. South Jersey coastal towns say they’re ready.
Updated Nov. 6, 5:40 p.m. Toms River Township has issued an evacuation order for Wednesday. “There will be a mandatory evacuation for anyone working or staying on the Barrier Island. There Is a voluntary evacuation for the low lying areas on the mainland effective 4pm Nov 7th. Residents are encouraged to move to higher ground.”
Shelters will be set up at Toms River High School East and North.
Beach towns from Cape May and north are watching the incoming storm, which is expected to pack high winds and rain. Scott Wahl is spokesman for the borough of Avalon. He says they aren’t thinking of evacuations.
“We’re going to treat it like another storm event, we think we are going to be OK. We expect high wind and some moderate to severe coastal flooding at high tide Wednesday evening and again Thursday morning,” said Wahl.
Wahl says Superstorm Sandy didn’t take out Avalon’s dune system so that will help.
“The dune system held up, we did not have any breaches of the dunes in the Borough of Avalon we lost a significant amount of sand on North End beaches but the dune system was not compromised,” he said.
The Wildwoods and Ventnor were among the other shore communities saying they are not expecting evacuations this time around.
The North Jersey Shore town of Brick is mandating evacuations for some residents starting at 6 p.m.
Gov. Chris Christie says he has concerns about the nor’easter, but is not ready to close the barrier islands.