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NJ Government Prepared For the Nor'easter

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Harvey Cedars. November 7, 2012

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Sand from Hurricane Sandy lines streets on Long Beach Island (photo by Tim Larsen/Governor's Office)

Governor Christie says state government is prepared for the nor’easter that’s bringing rain, snow, and gusty winds to New Jersey a week after Hurricane Sandy.

The governor says the storm could cause more power problems.

“We may take a setback in the next 24 hours. You need to be prepared for that. I’m prepared for that. I hate setbacks. I don’t tolerate them usually very well, but this one I can’t control. The weather is what it is, and we’re going to have to deal with it.”

Hundreds of thousands of residents have been without power for more than a week, The wind and snow might bring down more trees and electric lines, and because of safety regulations, utility crews in bucket trucks are required to halt operations if winds exceed 40 miles an hour.

Towns were urged to have the sand that washed ashore by the hurricane moved back closer the ocean to reduce the potential of flooding from the storm surge.

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin expects that will make a difference.

 “It depends on the size of the surge. We expect a surge that’s going to be three to four at high tide which is significant which probably is moderate flooding, but we don’t expect that that’s going to break through too much on most of these islands at this point in time.”

The state Transportation Department is ready with trucks, plows, and salt to deal with the snow.

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