By CBSNewYork Team

MANASQUAN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The powerful winter storm has brought with it coastal flooding along the Jersey Shore.

In Manasquan, Main Street is a complete washout. Cones block it off from the beach to the bridge, making it impassible as precipitation mixes with tidal flooding.

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High tide rolled in around 10 a.m.

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As CBS2’s Meg Baker reports, Tom Delisola started his day off by coming to check the tides in Manasquan.

“I just wanted to check the inlet. It’s beautiful when it’s like this. Nature – raw, beautiful,” he said.

The water was rocking and rolling by midmorning. Waves went up and over the bulkhead, sending trash cans into orbit. The water was so powerful cement benches took a tumble before being removed.

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Matt Schmidt wasn’t going to let the harsh conditions stop him from getting a workout in.

“I do a run every Monday morning, didn’t want this to stop me. I know tomorrow’s going to be worse,” Schmidt said.

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He says the roads and sidewalks are treacherous.

“Pretty slippery. Not what I expected. Thought it would be a pretty clean layer of sleet, ice,” he said.

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Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden had a warning

“That snow and ice pile up on trees. We’ll see some power outages later on… and of course, our vaccine site is closed today at Brookdale Community College,” he said.

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There’s a state of emergency in effect. Officials urge people to not go out on the roads unless it is absolutely necessary.

Thousands of snow plows and salt spreaders hit New Jersey roads in full force Sunday.

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Woodbridge’s director of public works said he’s staggering his 300 employees’ shifts through Tuesday for the marathon storm.

“With a storm this size, we’re going to have to keep all hands on deck here,” said George Brew.

School districts are making individual calls on snow days. Fourth grader Ahmar Burton is one of the lucky ones, even getting the virtual day off too.

“It’s fun,” he said. “I get to play in it.”

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Gov. Phil Murphy said he’s “connected with all of the major utilities. There’s a high potential for power outages due to heavy snow and high winds.” He urged residents to “charge your devices.”

“Oh yeah, it’s probably going to get worse. It’s probably going to be worse,” said Piscataway resident Sherry Hurtado.

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PATH service is suspended systemwide as of 3 p.m.

Power outages could also be an issue as winds pick up.



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CBS2’s Meg Baker contributed to this report.

CBSNewYork Team