SHIP BOTTOM, New Jersey (Reuters) – A temporary flashing sign on the causeway to New Jersey’s Long Beach Island thanks owners of oceanfront properties who have accepted a plan to build new barriers to protect them from storms like Sandy, which ravaged the U.S. northeast coast last year.
And to pressure homeowners who have not agreed to the plan, the blinking sign also tallies the number of holdouts.
, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Storm-weary
residents across the New York and New Jersey area encountered
confusion and long lines as they went to cast ballots in the
presidential election on Tuesday, and regional officials began
scrambling to prepare for a new weather threat due as early as
With the wounds of superstorm Sandy still far from healed
and nearly 900,000 households and businesses still without
power, officials began ordering closures and evacuations ahead
of a powerful nor’easter that could lash the region with 60
mile-per-hour (95-km-per-hour) winds and a mix of rain and snow
as temperatures drop toward the freezing mark or below.
BAY HEAD, New Jersey (Reuters) – It was far from an ordinary Election Day in the exclusive seaside community of Bay Head, but residents were determined that the destruction and chaos left by the massive storm Sandy would not deter them from voting.
Bay Head has no power. Parts of it resemble a desert battle zone after the storm pushed tons of sand onto its streets. Most of the 900 wealthy residents – including financiers and hedge fund managers who make a 70-mile commute to Wall Street – had to flee inland to find shelter after the storm.
, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Already faced with
a massive cleanup and nightmarish commutes to work, thousands of
U.S. voters in storm-struck New York and New Jersey may have a
tough time voting on Tuesday in a cliffhanger presidential
Elections officials face unprecedented challenges across the
U.S. Northeast, where polling stations were among the thousands
of buildings damaged by superstorm Sandy eight days ago.
, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Commuters battled
unruly crowds on the trains and snarled traffic on the highways
Monday at the start of the first full work week since superstorm
Sandy devastated the U.S. Northeast.
Many of Sandy’s victims were still suffering, and living
conditions were harsh for tens of thousands of people unable to
return to their homes. Some 1.4 million homes and businesses
were due to endure another night of near-freezing temperatures
without power or heat.
NEW YORK/BELMAR, New Jersey (Reuters) – Commuters battled unruly crowds on the trains and snarled traffic on the highways Monday at the start of the first full work week since superstorm Sandy devastated the U.S. Northeast.
Many of Sandy’s victims were still suffering, and living conditions were harsh for tens of thousands of people unable to return to their homes. Some 1.4 million homes and businesses were due to endure another night of near-freezing temperatures without power or heat.
BELMAR, New Jersey (Reuters) – Utility crews are working hard to restore power to hundreds of towns on the Jersey Shore after superstorm Sandy, but progress in the coastal town of Belmar resulted in smoking electrical outlets in several structures and at least one house fire, officials said on Monday.
In Belmar, a town of about 6,000 people east of Trenton, when crews reconnected one neighborhood late Sunday night to the power grid, it created sparks in an electrical box in a flooded basement and started a fire. There were no injuries, but the utility had to turn off power again, and the affected neighborhood remained dark Monday.
NEPTUNE CITY, New Jersey (Reuters) – One Jersey Shore woman said she felt claustrophobic at home, a man said he suffered cabin fever while said they were sure they were going “stir crazy.” Many people shut in by superstorm Sandy broke the monotony Sunday by taking to a cozy barstool with a drink in hand.
Since Monday night at 8:15 p.m., when the storm knocked out power, Paulette Balla had been forced to sit at home in Asbury Park in the darkness wearing “a hoodie, a sweatshirt, a pair of gloves” and swaddled in two blankets to stay warm, she said. The only time she ventured out before Sunday was to hunt for gasoline.
, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Asbury Park and Bay
Head are two towns on opposite ends of the Jersey Shore’s
socio-economic spectrum – one with many poor people, the other
with professionals in lucrative Wall Street careers. Superstorm
Sandy has swept away many of the differences between the two.
Asbury Park is a faded dowager seaside resort, still
struggling to recover from the race riots in the summer of 1970,
white flight, a weakened tax base and, more recently, the great
recession. Some storefronts facing the ocean were boarded up as
Sandy closed in on the town. Other buildings were boarded up
NEPTUNE CITY, New Jersey (Reuters) – Michael Graubart owns a used car dealership on the Jersey shore, but he had no customers. What he did have was gasoline – in the tanks of the two dozen used cars sitting idle on his lot.
Talk about liquid gold.
New Jersey, New York City and Long Island have been facing acute gas shortages in the days since superstorm Sandy hit, because of a combination of power outages and constricted supplies. Drivers have been roaming miles in search of fuel and then getting in long lines at gas stations that are open.