Jersey Shore braces for heavy rains from TS Andrea

June 7, 2013 3:03:32 PM PDT
Heavy rain is forecasted for the parts of the Jersey Shore thanks to Tropical Storm Andrea heading up the East Coast.

"Today was beautiful actually, other than the rain," said Ed Reardon.

Some people are looking on the bright side of this wet and foggy weather in Atlantic City.

"Well I'm here because it's my birthday, that's why I'm here otherwise I wouldn't be here today," said Stacy Greer.

Tropical Storm Andrea isn't scheduled to arrive until the middle of the night. However during the daytime Friday, the constant rainfall created ponding in the streets as passing trucks made waves of their own.

"What she may provide is 2-4 inches of rain which will cause urban flooding," said Allyn Seel, Deputy Coordinator of Atlantic City Emergency Management.

Seel says wind gusts could reach 30-40 miles an hour, stronger than initially predicted.

"Some debris blown around and possible damage to roofs. Generally it's not a problem but we've learned lessons from Sandy so we always look on the side of being prepared," said Seel.

As the day went on, the wind and rain picked up along the boardwalk.

"This is pretty bad right here, this is the worst I've seen all day," said John Gowdy.

Some people weren't phased by the Friday soaker however fear is always in the back of other people's minds as the Jersey Shore continues to recover from Sandy.

"It's a little scary but down here it's normal to get rainstorms and thunderstorms especially up here on the boardwalk," said Ed Reardon.

In Toms River, the rain continued to fall but despite the wet weather, many people seemed not too concerned. "Not at all. Another rain storm, tomorrow it'll be out of here and we'll be back to fixing our houses," said Ed Skwara.

While she's here, Tropical Storm Andrea is dumping several inches of rain that could swamp flood-prone areas and cause dangerous riptides.

"Our hope is Andrea just stops off the coast, which is what they are saying it's supposed to do," said Peggy Maurer.

Peggy and Don Maurer live in the Ocean Beach section of Toms River.

Most of the houses across from them were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.

Tropical Storm Andrea may not be a problem but with this year's hurricane season just underway Peggy is worried.

"I'm concerned because there are no more houses in front of us. If we have another storm like Sandy I think we are all in trouble," she said.

Peggy supports higher dunes than what are in place now, but the landlord who owns all the properties has so far refused to sign off on easements to let the Army Corps of Engineers build up the dunes there.

Municipalities here and along Long Beach Island are calling out the holdouts. In some cases they are even making their names public saying their refusal to sign easements for dune construction puts everyone in danger.

Peggy's husband Don isn't convinced.

"Look at Seaside, look at Ortley, they had dunes. Lavallette had 15 to 20 foot dunes down there, they are gone," said Don.


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