South Jersey residents brace for Irene, evacutate

The red flags are up warning swimmers to stay out of the water, but there were a handful of people on the beach in Point Pleasant enjoying the calm before the storm.Residents and businesses are preparing for flooding from a storm surge. Beth Totin was boarding up the windows of her home about a block from the ocean.”You have to take any storm here seriously,” said Totin. ” I was here probably about 15 years ago and I saw the ocean and the bay meet in front of the house. So that’s our biggest concern. If it’s a category two we’re leaving, and if it’s a category one we’re going to stay.”There’s plenty of activity at marinas as owners pull their boats out of the water to prevent them from being damaged by the storm.

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