With first high tide, flooding already serious

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With first high tide, flooding already serious With first high tide, flooding already serious  With Monday’s first high tide, and Sandy’s center still hundreds of miles away, Cape May County’s barrier islands are seeing widespread flooding.

This morning, the National Weather Service in Mount Holly reiterated costal flood warning, a flood watch and a high wind warning, stating that the storm is expected to be very dangerous.

It’s also massive, with hurricane winds expected to slam the coast from Chincoteague, Va. To Chatam Mass., and the thousand-mile storm bringing snow to mountain areas, wind to Chicago and damage throughout.

New Jersey may see some of the worst damage.

As of this morning, the storm had winds over 85 mph, and the storm has turned toward the west, heading toward land. Gusty winds were already strong in Cape May County, although the worst of the storm is expected tonight.

So far, for most residents, the power has remained on, which has meant a steady stream of updates on Facebook and other social media. That has meant many evacuees have been kept informed about their towns and neighborhoods from those who stayed on the islands, often with photos and video.

They’ve shown widespread flooding, and in some areas the surf has overtopped the dunes.

The buoy at Cape May has shown waves of over 19 feet, and beaches are expected to see severe erosion during this storm. 

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