Wednesday, March 6, 2013

As another storm hits, NJDEP says: Don't forget to call

Wind gust map at 2 p.m. today, March 6, 2013.  Highest gusts in red at top of scale

Some New Jersey Shore towns urged residents to leave low-lying areas as they readied for some possibly major coastal flooding today and Thursday from a powerful nor’easter.

In advance of the storm the state's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a reminder to drinking water and stormwater facilities that are required to report disruptions, upsets, failures, shutdowns, permit exceedances or other problems via the DEP's hotline at 1-877-927-6337  See full DEP alert here

The storm, centered offshore south of New Jersey, also was expected to dump up to
6 inches of heavy, wet snow in Monmouth and Ocean counties and two to three inches in
northern counties, according to the National Weather Service.

Strong northeast winds gusting to 60 mph along the coast and 50 mph inland could down tree limbs and power lines, causing outages. Beach erosion also was anticipated.

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At 2:30 p.m. more than 10,000 customers in Monmouth and Ocean counties had lost power and several road closures were reported.

The Star-Ledger is providing storm updates (newest on top) as new information comes in, watches and warnings are issued and the forecast changes. If you're at the shore, you can help the Asbury Park Press report on the storm by submitting news and photos to its Facebook page. Your submissions also are welcome at our EnviroPolitics Facebook page.

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