Hurricane Sandy made her presence known in New Jersey long before the storm officially touched land. By Monday afternoon, a weather-related traffic accident or road closure occurred in all of the state’s 21 counties. Three-quarters of the 173-mile long Garden State Parkway was closed, a possibly unprecedented safety precaution, according to NJ.com
Massive waves, rain, and strong winds closed the Holland Tunnel and a host of other major highways. Reviews of the destruction by first responders are ongoing; plans for opening back up the transportation routes have not yet been announced. Governor Chris Christie stated he hopes to be up in a helicopter and viewing the damage in the coming hours, according to an interview on Fox News. New Jersey bus and train service remain suspended.
Flood waters in Atlantic City remain “dangerously high” according to statements by county officials during an interview with CNN. All major roads leading into the area are closed, and up to 80 percent of Atlantic City is believed to be underwater.
Fire Chief David Volk had this to say about the damage along the Perth Amboy waterfront:
“Our entire marina is pretty much gone. A good part of it is not there anymore.”
Chief Volk also noted that residents who ignored the evacuation order and called 911 seeking rescue during the storm were not reached. Due to flooding and high winds, emergency workers were not able to respond to those who opted to stay behind. Workers are reportedly in the process of reviewing building damage and shutting off utilities today.
Sailboats in a Perth Amboy storage yard were hit by high water. At least a dozen boats valued at approximately $1 million, were spotted floating away. At least three private boats sank, with remnants of up to 20 others found washed up on the shore near Raritan Bay.
Millions residents remained without power on Tuesday. Cell phone and internet service is also down and expected to remain so for the near future. Public Service Electric and Gas reports that 1.2 million homes are without power in just Middlesex County.