Live Updates: Toms River HS East Shelter Open. Power Outages, Flooding, Roads Reports
Update: Toms River High School East open as evacuation shelter. Power outages ongoing. Barrier island roads closed.
The Ocean County Office of Emergency Management urges residents to stay at home and remain sheltered until damage assessments can be completed. (9 a.m. Sunday)
Power outages began across Toms River around 11 p.m. Saturday and continue into this morning, according to JCP&L and Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy. JCP&L at 7:30 a.m. Sunday is reporting 14,000 customers in Toms River are without power.
Shelters at Toms River High School North and Intermediate North are now full, said Toms River Office of Emergency Management. Evacuees should now report to Toms River High School East, which is a pet-friendly facility but with no cages. Evacuees are encouraged to bring their own blankets and pillows. (Update 5:45 p.m.)
Toms River High School East is now open as a hurricane shelter. Toms River High School East is off of Bay Avenue (Route 571) near Coolidge and Dunedin avenues. (Update 5:30 p.m.)
The mandatory evacuation zone is the barrier island. Low-lying areas are strongly urged but voluntary evacuation. Anyone can evacuate to a Toms River shelter, no one will be turned away due to their area of residence, said Toms River Office of Emergency Management. (Update 5 p.m.)
- Toms River Emergency Operation Phone numbers are 732-818-9901 through 9913.
- Additional information available at http://tomsrivertownship.com/ and Ocean County Office of Emergency Management: call 732-341-3451.
- Frequently asked questions: http://tomsriver.patch.com/articles/toms-river-evacuation-faq
Road reports from 511NJ: flooding on the Garden State Parkway between miles 91 and 98; all lanes closed at 8:27 a.m.
Route 35 is flooded in both directions from Route 37 in Seaside Heights to south of Ocean Avenue in Bay Head, as of 8:24 a.m. according to the state Department of Transportation.
JCP&L reporting 14,000 without power in Toms River. Power outages began yesterday evening and early Sunday to areas such as James Street in Toms River, said the power company and Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy. (7 a.m. Aug. 28)
Residents calling in to say they have fallen trees in the area. To report a downed tree, call the Toms River Emergency Operation Phone numbers are 732-818-9901 through 9913. Responders from fire, shade tree and recreation departments are among those scheduled to deal with fallen tree emergencies in the days after the storm. (10 p.m.)
Lights are flickering in Brookside. More than 100 PSE&G customers are without power in Toms River, said the power company at 9:25 p.m.
Toms River High School East continues to have available cots, at 8:30 p.m., shelter staff said. Once the 120 cots are full, evacuees will be placed in classrooms.
Beach cameras in Seaside Heights show the ocean has reached the boardwalk, at 7:25 p.m. Links to live beach cameras showing north and south views of Seaside Heights beach: http://www.seasideheightstourism.com/seacam/
Ocean County is under a Tornado Watch, says the National Weather Service. Included: Monmouth County, Ocean County, Middlesex County and Burlington County, until 8 p.m. this evening. (7:20 p.m.)
Residents report that this afternoon emergency responders were driving through sections of East Dover to notify residents of shelter locations. Yesterday, emergency responders rode through the barrier island going door-to-door and riding through streets to blast the message of mandatory evacuation for the area. (7:15 p.m.)
High tides for through Aug. 29 for Silver Bay and Ocean Beach: 11:30 p.m. Aug. 27; 12:04 p.m. Aug. 28.
Garden State Parkway Southbound of mile 98.(8 p.m. Friday)
Businesses on barrier island due to mandatory evacuation. (noon Saturday.) Route 35 is closed there due to flooding, says state Department of Transportation (8:30 Sunday)