Upper officials prepare for hurricane

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UPPER TOWNSHIP – Officials here continue to prepare for Hurricane Sandy, which could bring high winds and severe flooding to South Jersey starting Sunday night.

Mayor Richard Palombo said Upper Township’s Office of Emergency Management held a meeting yesterday to plan for the storm. Another meeting is scheduled today, Friday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m.
The National Weather Service has said the storm will affect the area from Sunday, Oct. 28 through at least Tuesday, Oct. 30. It will bring high winds, heavy rain and flooding. Potential power outages are predicted as well.
Palombo said forecasts have the storm making landfall anywhere between the Delmarva Penninsula to the New Jersey coast.
“There is the potential for a direct hit,” he said. “If it hits Delmarva and moves up the Delaware Bay, we could get hit by the right side of the storm. All that wind will be driving the water.”
The storm could last through four or five high tides, said Palombo, making flooding even worse.
Officials in Cape May County have asked residents, visitors and property owners to closely monitor weather conditions and forecasts over the next several days to stay informed about the possible effects from Hurricane Sandy. Secure all loose items on and around your property and prepare to move vehicles to higher ground in flood prone areas. There is no information regarding any evacuations at this point, either voluntary or mandatory.

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