Storm brings concern of flooding, high winds on Jersey Shore

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Officials and residents take precautions ahead of expected rising waters during this weekend's tides. (WPVI)

As the storm moved in, the wind picked up and snow quickly covered roadways in Longport, Cape May County.

While the blanket of white was not a problem for warmly-dressed Zeppy the dog; it's what else the storm brings that was of concern for his pal, Vince.

"I think it's going to miss us here. It'll turn to rain and we have to worry about the flooding," said Vince DiStefano of Margate.

Predictions of coastal flooding prompted officials to order a mandatory evacuation of residents in Barnegat who live between the Municipal Bathing beach and the east Bay bridge.

Expected rising waters during this weekend's tides have businesses piling sandbags.

At the Ocean City Fire Department, Deputy Chief Charlie Bowman tells Action News, "We have five storm vehicles in operation right now, three people movers, two pumpers."

Crews are ready to roll out their military grade trucks to fight fires and evacuate residents if needed.

"There's room for 15-20 people. We'll be needing it," said Bowman. "The forecast is 2 feet lower than Sandy, which is a lot lower so in the areas that are prone to flooding we'll be using the vehicles I'm sure," said Bowman.

Meanwhile, residents of an apartment building, feet from the beach in Atlantic City, aren't taking any chances and are moving to higher ground. Neighboring buildings were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.

"This time I'm terrified it's gonna happen so I'm out of here," said Sherry DeGaetano.

Despite the threats, Atlantic City's mayor says the city is ready for the storm and open to visitors.

"Whether you live here, whether you work here or whether you're coming to party, we're going to make sure you're safe, you have a good time," said Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian.
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