Shore Town Calls For Voluntary Evacuations

Shore Town Calls For Voluntary Evacuations

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TOMS RIVER, N.J. -

New Jersey residents in the barrier islands and low-lying towns may need to consider a voluntary evacuation as this Nor'easter looms over them.

The Toms River Office of Emergency Management issued a voluntary evacuation of homes with a high risk of flooding beginning at 6 p.m. Friday.

That came after the National Weather Service announced a coastal flood warning for several areas from early Friday evening to Saturday morning.

Flooding will be possible and even likely at high tide on Friday, especially in areas like Ocean County.

Gov. Christie said in a press conference on Friday that all emergency services are on full alert. He assured residents that there is a full state-wide mobilization happening to keep roadways, bridges, and railways clear for people who must travel.

"Driving will be treacherous tonight," Christie said. "If you do not have to drive, please don't."

The governor also said residents should be prepared for power outages because of the high winds that will accompany the storm.

The director of the Office of Emergency Management recommended that people in flood-prone areas move cars to higher ground, and he said do not drive on flooded streets should waters rise.

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