It may be a strong possibility that the Tri-State area is in the path of Hurricane Hermine. It weakened to a tropical storm early on Friday but will drench the area with precipitation around the end of the weekend of the holiday. Residents of the areas that are expecting to be hit are frantically taking precautions to ensure they and their families will be okay. Governor Andrew Cuome has activated the emergency operations center of the state already. Mayor Bill de Blasio declared all beaches in NYC closed for swimming and warned that it may be kept closed on Monday and Tuesday too. A fear that seems more serious than the actual strength of the storm is that it will pause offshore in the Atlantic up to Wednesday.
In Long Island boats are being tied down and sand dunes are being built to protect against winds and high tides that are expected. These are just a small part of the preparations being made to try and secure the area against Hermine. There are chainsaws that are kept oiled and ready to cut big trees that may fall in the way. Vehicles are being fueled up and equipment not in current use is being moved to higher ground. Officials have launched BeReadyLl.org whose aim is to keep kids safe and also provides updates and alerts regarding Hermine. The sheltering plans have been reviewed and the area is screened for anything that may pose a threat to the residents. There are steps that residents may take to protect themselves and their belongings and these include fueling up your vehicles and generators, move all cars to higher areas and bring your stuff up out of the basements.
In Jersey Shore some people are waiting to see what happens while others are rushing to prepare for what may lay ahead. After a meeting between officials they said that they are on standby at the moment but many things have already been readied and their checklist is being rechecked to ensure everything is organized. The weather will be monitored closely on an hourly basis so they can get the preparation sped up in areas that may be hit by the hurricane. The reports coming in change every few minutes and the only way to be sure of what will happen is to watch Hermine closely. Asbury Park clubs were unaffected by the news as clubbers try to enjoy the calm before the storm they are sure is to follow.
Lifeguards in Sea Bright vow to keep a close eye on the water and its currents and say that they already have a hard time of coping with the rip tides. Some say they have no idea what to expect and they do not know which part of the storm they’ll get, if any. At Seaside Heights officials are still trying to figure out whether or not temporary sand dunes should be erected or not.