Sunday, August 26, 2012
An event that mobilized and galvanized a region that was determined to stay safe
Some say it was the big storm that wasn't very big at all. A year ago this weekend, Hurricane Irene plowed into the East Coast with a roar, churning up the shoreline and leaving shuttered businesses and displaced families in its wake. By the time it got to the Jersey Shore, however, the storm that once packed 115 mph winds had fizzled into a tropical storm that felled trees, flooded roads and knocked out power to tens of thousands, but kept many more free from harm. Still, few argue that Hurricane Irene did something that had rarely - if ever - been done before, doing as much to bring together the Jersey Shore, and give it the good name it has long had, that many believe a certain MTV show has not. It galvanized and mobilized a region that…
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Season starts this week
It was less than a year ago that Hurricane Irene inflicted serious damage on the east coast of the United States. With hurricane season officially starting on Friday the state is taking steps to try and avoid a repeat of Irene in 2012. New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness Director Edward Dickson and New Jersey State Police Superintendent Colonel Rick Fuentes recently announced some of the changes being made. That includes an increase in communication to help residents prepare for emergency situations. With hurricane season running through Nov. 30 Dickson said hopefully with preparation New Jersey residents will be ready should a similar storm strike the state. "Last summer, New Jersey experienced first-hand the damage …
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Irene was a tropical storm when it made landfall about 20 miles north of Ocean City on Aug. 28.
Hurricane Irene would have been the first hurricane to make landfall in New Jersey in more than a century, had it actually been packing hurricane-strength winds at the time. But by the time Irene rolled ashore at Little Egg Inlet in southern Ocean County on Aug. 28, 2011, its wind speed had already decreased to 69 mph — a full 5 mph. short of hurricane strength — meaning it was actually just a tropical storm. The new findings were released Dec. 14 by the National Hurricane Center, the latest of equivalent post-mortems the agency has posted on every other storm of the 2011 hurricane season. Every year, the hurricane center releases "tropical cyclone reports" on each named storm after hurricane season ends Nov. 30. The highest gusts of …
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Emergency planners use Hurricane Irene to improve evacuation plans.
Hurricane season is coming to a close, but emergency planners have been busy this fall -- studying the response to Hurricane Irene and giving thanks for some very lucky timing. If Ocean City were the pin in a really long par-5, Atlantic Ocean hurricanes are like the shots of a bad golfer, most often slicing right and landing in the middle of the ocean, sometimes hooking left into woods of the southern Atlantic states and only on extremely rare occasions making a respectable run up the fairway. So when hurricane forecasters took note of the long, strong and unswerving drive of Hurricane Irene in late August, the local emergency management community woke up in a hurry. Three days away, Irene was a Category 3 storm with sustained winds …
Friday, October 21, 2011
The deadline to apply is extended to Nov. 30.
Friday, October 21, 2011
At the request of the state, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is extending the registration deadline for renters, homeowners and business owners who suffered damage from Hurricane Irene. Those affected by the storm and flooding now have until Nov. 30 to register for disaster assistance. “We've extended the registration deadline for people who–for whatever reason–have not had the opportunity to register for assistance,” said William L. Vogel, FEMA's federal coordinating officer. “The goal is to ensure all eligible Irene survivors have the chance to seek assistance.” There are three ways to register: go to www.disasterassistance.gov, m.fema.gov or call FEMA toll-free, 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Those with access or functional needs …
Sunday, September 4, 2011
The president landed in Newark around noon Sunday to begin touring damage left behind by Irene.
NEWARK — Less than a week after President Barack Obama declared New Jersey a "major disaster" area, he touched down at Newark Liberty International Airport for a tour of flood-ravaged North Jersey. Flanked by more than 30 law enforcement officials, Obama walked down the steps of Air Force One shortly after noon and shook hands with Gov. Chris Christie and Sens. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) before jogging nearly 100 feet to a group of two dozen onlookers and national and international media. Media was positioned on risers next to the small crowd. Onlookers carried no signs, but had cameras and cell phones. The president, dressed in a button-down blue shirt and dark-colored khakis, waved to reporters, but did not …
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The storm did not leave much damage, but she did bring Ocean City some great surf.
Hurricane Irene made landfall about 20 miles north Ocean City at dawn on Sunday, and within hours surfers were watching and waiting for the winds to shift and turn a stormy swirl into clean sets of waves. By early evening, they were rewarded with consistent waves of 6 to 8 feet and sets that topped 10 feet. Surfing on the East Coast is a study in meteorology and patience. Surfers wait for the right combination of conditions and are ready to go when the time is right. Sunday was a day they'll remember all year. And the solid surf hung around for two more days. We can't promise good surf for the rest of the week, but here are some images from the peak of the swell.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Ocean City recovers a day after Hurricane Irene passes.
Joe Randazzo and his sons were removing the flood gates from the windows of their family pizzeria at the intersection of 34th Street and Asbury Avenue early on Sunday afternoon when they heard what Randazzo describes as a "bap, bap, bap, bap" sound. They looked across the street at the source and saw the corner of the roof at Pino's Grille lifting up. "It was a little windy," Randazzo says. "Then there was one gust and it peeled up in one piece, it went about 40 feet in the air, and it flew off and hit the pole in the alley. It came off in one piece. I never saw anything like it." The entire episode lasted five to 10 seconds, says Jack Randazzo, 26. He, his father, his 23-year-old brother Joe and two of Joe's friends shook off what Jack …
A Michigan couple keeps tab on their Ocean City property from 650 miles away.
Jerry and Gayle Grady were glued to weather reports all weekend, even though Michigan's weather was nearly perfect. The Canton Township couple was keeping an eye on Hurricane Irene's approach to Ocean City, where they have owned a vacation home for 10 years. From their Southeast Michigan home, nearly 650 miles away, the Gradys did what they could to get the house ready for the storm. "It was very difficult to prepare. We asked the renters to pull outside furniture in if possible and my cousin, who is about a mile away from us in Ocean City, heading down to prep his," Jerry Grady wrote in an email to Canton Patch. "He brought all furniture in and tables for us. Other than this, there was not much more to do." The Gradys found themselves in …
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Ocean City wastes no time getting back to the business of summer.
With only a week to go in the traditional summer season, Ocean City residents and merchants streamed back into town quickly as Hurricane Irene began to fade. They began the work of cleaning up and getting ready to welcome visitors back to town. Here's a gallery of images from early Sunday afternoon.