Hurricane Sandy expected to hit southern New Jersey coast on Monday

By Clarissa Kell-Holland, Land Line staff writer | 10/29/2012

Millions of residents along the East Coast are bracing for Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to hit the southern New Jersey coastline around 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29.

On Monday, several Eastern states had declared a state of emergency in preparation for Hurricane Sandy, which “continues moving quickly toward the Northeast.” The states with emergency declarations include North Carolina, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania, along with Washington, DC.

Satellite image courtesy of NOAA

Satellite image of Hurricane Sandy’s location off of the East Coast Monday morning.

Kelly Allen, an OOIDA member from Virginia Beach, VA, told Land Line on Monday that she had arrived the day before with a load of generators to a staging area in Meriden, CT.

“I initially planned on staying around to see if there were any other disaster relief loads, but when I heard the governor’s announcement that they were closing roads and there would be truck bans, that’s when I decided it was a good time to get out of there, so now I am running from it,” Allen said.

James Franklin of the National Hurricane Center said Sandy had “strengthened a little bit” as it made its turn toward the coast of New Jersey early Monday.

“The highest winds are now 90 mph. Those are hurricane force winds that are located right now in a small area mainly to the southwest of the center,” he said in a NHC podcast on Monday. “We don’t at the moment have hurricane force winds over a very large area, but nevertheless we do have tropical storm winds over an exceedingly large area that will affect from New England through Virginia over the next day or so.”

Franklin said the three hazards with Hurricane Sandy are storm surge, rainfall and inland flooding. He urged those in affected areas to pay attention to local evacuation orders.

“The area that we’re most concerned about is Raritan Bay, Long Island Sound where we could see anywhere from 6 to 11 feet of inundation above the ground,” Franklin said.

He said the storm surge could be between 4 and 8 feet along the Jersey Shore, southern New England and into Connecticut, which could still be life-threatening.

“Those are very, very significant surges we are worried about,” he said.

Trucking companies located in the Northeast were busy moving equipment out of Hurricane Sandy’s path on Monday.

“We have spent the last few days preparing by moving equipment from harm's way from Maryland through New England, and this mainly entails getting our trailing equipment that could be in flood-prone areas to higher ground,” said John White, executive vice president of sales and marketing for U.S. Xpress, in a statement on Monday.

“Freight flows continue to move and of course we are responding with emergency relief loads both for the government and for our customers,” White said in the statement.

He said in the statement that U.S. Xpress has an estimated 200-plus loads headed to affected areas with water, generators and other relief merchandise.

“These loads are being moved from the Southeast and Midwest either to staging areas or direct to customer DC locations for redeployment after the effects of the storm are known,” he said.

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