LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Jersey Shore isn’t finished recovering from Superstorm Sandy, but Mother Nature doesn’t care.
Another significant storm is bearing down on areas still vulnerable from the catastrophic one in October.
Toms River and Brick Township issued voluntary evacuation notices Tuesday as what will likely be a two-day storm approached.
A coastal flood watch is in effect for the entire Jersey Shore from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday evening, along with a high-wind warning for sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph, with gusts of up to 60 mph.
Any snow likely will be wet and heavy, possibly bringing down trees or limbs and causing power outages.
The mayor of Brick has been using an ATV to warn residents on the beach and back bay areas to voluntarily evacuate, CBS 2’s Christine Sloan reported.
“If they’re in a low-lying area or they’re on the barrier island, we’re really asking them seek higher ground,” Mayor Stephen Acropolis said.
Despite the dunes, officials said the 7-to-15-foot waves expected with this storm could go right over them.
“These are dunes that are just sand. They’re not entrenched with vegetation or sand fencing or anything like that. So they’re not as strong as a normal dune would be,” Acropolis told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell.
The mayor said emergency crews are on standby.
“We are staging some high-wheeled vehicles down here. Some deuce-and-a-halfs, some front-end loaders just in the off-chance we have some run-overs where people need some help. We want to make sure we take that precaution now,” Acropolis said.