For Immediate Release
Monday, October 29, 2012
Storm Update - 8 AM, October 29
A state of emergency remains in effect in Atlantic County that includes a countywide travel ban. Only public safety and emergency management personnel are permitted on county and municipal roadways until further notice. The curfew for residents of the barrier islands was lifted as of 6 AM this morning but may be reinstated this evening.
Conditions will continue to deteriorate throughout the day with increasing high winds with hurricane force gusts, heavy rainfall and record-breaking coastal flooding intensified by the astronomical tides. This is an extremely dangerous storm that will impact our area for several days with the height of the storm coming later today and during the overnight hours.
Many roadways are already experiencing flooding. They include the following:
Rt. 40 (Black Horse Pike) in Atlantic City
Rt. 30 (White Horse Pike) and Rt. 9 in Absecon
Rt. 322 & Cologne Avenue, Hamilton Township
Danenhure Lane in Hamilton Township
Park Road and Tunney Avenue in Mays Landing
Bay Avenue in Longport
Approximately 400-500 people are currently housed in shelters in Atlantic County. Buena Middle School is full. However there is still room at both Pleasantville High School and Middle School. A medical needs shelter is available for those who require continuous, supervised medical care.
Residents are reminded to charge cell phones, and other electronic devices while they still have the means. Power outages are likely and may be extended. At this time there are minimal pwoer outages throughout the county. Residents should report outages to Atlantic City Electric at 1-800-833-7476.
Residents in need of assistance should first call their local office of emergency management. Contact numbers are available at www.ReadyAtlantic.org. If you experience a life-threatening emergency call 9-1-1.