Flooding, power outages in Avalon, Stone Harbor

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Avalon municipal parking lot, Monday 8:35 a.m. Avalon municipal parking lot, Monday 8:35 a.m.

Avalon and Stone Harbor are experiencing significant flooding and scattered power outages, reports spokesman Scott Wahl.

Hurricane Sandy is expected make landfall along the central New Jersey coast Monday evening, according to the National Weather Service. The storm will bring tropical-force winds and historic surge levels along the coast.

“Dune Drive is flooded, no one can drive in Avalon even if they are here. Significant flooding in Stone Harbor as well right now with similar conditions,” he said in an email Monday morning. “As of 9:30 a.m. it's raining steady, winds steady at 35mph, gust to 61 mph overnight.”

Officials believe that Monday morning's high tide in Avalon surpassed that of the 1992 storm.

“We never had water at the firehouse door before, we have it now,” Wahl said. “At least as bad as '92 storm.  Water is not going out at high tide.  We need the water to go down and winds to change to avoid a historic high tide this evening.”

Officials estimate that less than 50 people remain in Avalon. Gov. Chris Christie issued a mandatory evacuation for people on the barrier islands for Sunday, Oct. 28.

People are still able to leave Avalon but access to the barrier island is prohibited, according to the borough's emergency website.

Updates are also available at  www.avalonemergency.org  and on Avalon's Facebook page.

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