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    Earlier this week, the east coast was struck with an unprecedented storm. It was one of the largest storms ever seen, and it came ashore in New Jersey with hurricane force winds at high tide during a full moon cycle. This caused the highest storm surge ever seen and before it left it affected 24 states in one way or another. I have been following the aftermath closely because I grew up on the Jersey Shore and have roots there.

    I hate to discourage tourism - the area certainly needs all the income it can get - but the infrastructure just cannot support visitors at this time and into the foreseeable future. The worst damage was in the most densely populated area of the country.

    The storm surge overwashed all the barrier islands and peninsulas up and down the entire NJ coast and NYC area and went inland a considerable distance. Between that and the winds, almost all utilities were wiped out. Downtown NYC was seriously flooded and the transportation infrastructure was seriously impacted.

    A huge number of people have lost their homes, there is no electricity, gas, water, or sewer in a lot of areas. There is a serious gasoline and diesel shortage due to stations not having electricity to run the pumps, refineries and terminals running at reduced or no capacity, and difficulties getting tankers in. There is gasoline rationing, what stations are open have lines several hours long, and are imposing purchase limits and odd/even license plate procedures. The weather is getting cold, people have no heat or electricity, hotels that are open are booked solid and rental cars are scarce. Most of the barrier islands and peninsulas between Cape May and Sandy Hook are completely closed, residents can't even get back in and may not be allowed to return for 6 months. The worst damage is on Long Beach Island and points north.

    Atlantic City was reopened yesterday, the casinos and hotels are back in business, but there are major transportation issues just to get there. NYC is open, but transportation in and out is at a virtual standstill.

    For right now, I would advise tourists not to go within 100 miles of NYC.

    Attached is a typical picture of what they are dealing with out there.

    If anyone has any specific questions about any specific areas, I'll try to answer them to the best of my ability. I'll post updates from time to time as the situation improves. The Jersey Shore as we knew it is no more.
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    George, thanks for "sponsoring" this thread.

    Many of the attractions we've published in the RTA Custom Maps directory have been directly affected by this storm and it's going to take some time to update those articles with the new grim reality. Our inconvenience pales, of course, to the incredible hardship faced by those affected by this storm. In fact, one of our Contributing Writers, Dennis Goza, may have been in the middle of this storm event. Hopefully, we'll hear from him soon.

    We have been able to confirm that a family we know who live in Long Beach, New Jersey survived -- although they are still without power...

    Mark
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    Thankfully, family in Boston had only minimal disruption to their lives. However, I am yet to hear back from some of the new friends I made on this last trip, in MD and DE. Sure hope they are OK.

    My heart goes out to all affected. I cannot imagine what it must be like. It is five years since I was in NYC, and drove from Cape May to Atlantic City and back. Have great memories and can well relate to all I am seeing on the media.

    Lifey

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sedenquist View Post
    We have been able to confirm that a family we know who live in Long Beach, New Jersey survived -- although they are still without power...

    Mark
    Hmm - Long Beach, NY or Long Beach Island, NJ or Long Branch, NJ?

    With any of those, it's going to be another week or so before they have electricity. Long Beach Island is particularly bad, due to over 1200 main breaks they have had to shut off natural gas service to the whole island with a 6 month estimate for restoration. One of the communities on the island finally let restaurant owners back on today to clean up and throw away spoiled food - and they plan on letting other business owners back on tomorrow for inspections. It's going to be several more days before they will let residents back on to check things out. If your friends were on Long Beach Island, they ignored the mandatory evacuation order - if they are still there, they will not be allowed back on if they leave and what they have on hand is all they are going to get, no supplies of any kind are available.

    Many of the attractions we've published in the RTA Custom Maps directory have been directly affected by this storm and it's going to take some time to update those articles with the new grim reality.
    The only one I see offhand is Seaside Heights, and I have left an appropriate comment.

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    My brother and sister-in-law, as some of you know, are in north central NJ along I-80. They are still without power (to my knowledge). Yesterday, they drove to PA (about 40 miles) to get gasoline for their generators and still had to wait in long, long lines. They are, however, safe. The university where my SIL is taking her masters classes has been closed for the week, possibly reopening middle of next week. My brother has had to postpone his business trips into NYC because you cannot get in/out of it very easily. (Bridges were taking only carpools of 3 or more, tunnels are closed, and they need 3x as many buses into the city than they have available.) It's an enforced vacation for both of them, but it would be more pleasant if the house were warmer. They can cook because of camping equipment, the fridge is attached to the generator, and they had plenty of food stashed.


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    Thanks for the report -- My sister has been trying to get a flight out of NYC for 2-3 days and has spent a few hours on different days in gasoline lines.

    It's going to be a long clean-up. Hope the expected Nor'easter bypasses the New England area this week.

    Mark

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    The trains are now running - she may want to look into going to Boston, Philly, Baltimore, or DC to get a flight.

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    There is now a rental car shortage in the entire Northeast. If you can find one, the price is way up. The national chains are keeping cars in service that were due to be sold and have brought cars in from elsewhere in the country, but there is still more demand than there are available cars.

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