Jersey Shore braces for Hanna

September 5, 2008 4:20:18 PM PDT
In some places, Friday appeared to be a pleasant summer day at the Jersey Shore. In others, it was a race against the clock as Tropical Storm Hanna bears down on the East Coast.

A steady line of dump trucks, full of sand, headed to the North End Beach in Strathmere.

They were working to fill in enough of a buffer to protect beachfront houses and other buildings.

Much of the beach was washed away during the Mother's Day Nor'easter, and there are worries that Hanna might finish the job.

"The dune is gone, the point is gone. We used to be able to walk out almost a mile, and then the channel in-between where the boats can get out, that's being filled in with sand. So, those are major issues that need to be solved," said Tim Buckland of Strathmere.

Upper Township has applied for an emergency permit to build permanent bulkheads.

The best they can do, for now, is dump sand and hope for the best.

All up and down the coast work crews were bringing in anything that might float or fly away.

The lifeguard stands and rescue boats came in off the beach in Atlantic City.

They're expecting minimal flooding, but strong winds.

"We're expecting winds threat, 40, 50 miles per hour, some gusting higher. Heavy surf, some beach erosion, but nothing that would require an evacuation or shelter," said Allyn Seel of Atlantic City Emergency Management.

Residents and merchants are being asked to bring in outdoor furniture and umbrellas.

The winds are a big concern at the Atlantic City Boat Show, where the boats are secured and the tents and display canopies will get extra attention.

The only blessing is that the storm is expected to pass quickly, and folks around here are hoping to recover at least half a weekend with minimal damage.

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