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The eye of Hurricane Sandy has passed over Cape May County

COURT HOUSE — Sandy has visited Cape May County, said Lenora Bonifonte, Cape May County Communications Director. The hurricane passed through the county from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Oct. 29.

While the hurricane made a quick visit once it made landfall, weather leading up to it brought the county to a standstill. Sustained winds throughout the day were measured at 50 to 55 mph with gusts up to 75 mph. Wave heights reached 15 to 23 feet.

“We experienced heavy rain and winds today with estimates of over 8 inches of rain, a storm surge reported up to 15 feet caused severe flooding on barrier islands,’ said Bonifonte. “Flood waters did not recede. That, combined with a full moon brings concern for high tide tonight approximately at 8:30 p.m. on the ocean, 9:30 p.m. on back bay with record flooding anticipated.”

According to the National Weather Service in Mt. Holly, at 5 p.m. Oct. 29, Sandy was a Category 1 hurricane. It has now transitioned into an extremely intense Nor’easter.

Residents of barrier islands and bay side communities experienced mandatory evacuations as Sandy made its way toward the county. Residents who did not opt to heed the call for evacuation are being asked to shelter in place while first responders and police assess the situation on the islands before going onto the islands to assist those who did not leave.

According to Bonifonte, municipalities on the barrier islands are reporting extreme beach erosion.

Four National Guard trucks were stationed in the county to assist with rescues. Approximately 50 people in Ocean City and Strathmere were rescued, said Bonifonte.

Atlantic City Electric reports 15,540 customers without power.

Five shelters located throughout the county are housing 509 evacuees. Upper Township Middle School in Petersburg is at capacity with 121, Woodbine Developmental Center is at capacity with 259; Upper Township Elementary School in Marmora with 5; Villas Fire Hall (taking Lower Township residents only) 39; and Middle Township Elementary School No. 2 with 85.

The eye of Hurricane Sandy has passed over Cape May County, however its effects will be felt overnight.

Tonight: rain. Low around 49. Very windy, with a south wind 48 to 55 mph, with gusts as high as 80 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Tuesday: Rain likely, mainly before 10 a.m. cloudy, with a high near 55. Very windy, with a south wind 42 to 47 mph decreasing to 36 to 41 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 75 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Nigh:t A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 45. Breezy, with a south wind 17 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

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The eye of Hurricane Sandy has passed over Cape May County

COURT HOUSE — Sandy has visited Cape May County, said Lenora Bonifonte, Cape May County Communications Director. The hurricane passed through the county from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Oct. 29.

While the hurricane made a quick visit once it made landfall, weather leading up to it brought the county to a standstill. Sustained winds throughout the day were measured at 50 to 55 mph with gusts up to 75 mph. Wave heights reached 15 to 23 feet.

“We experienced heavy rain and winds today with estimates of over 8 inches of rain, a storm surge reported up to 15 feet caused severe flooding on barrier islands,’ said Bonifonte. “Flood waters did not recede. That, combined with a full moon brings concern for high tide tonight approximately at 8:30 p.m. on the ocean, 9:30 p.m. on back bay with record flooding anticipated.”

According to the National Weather Service in Mt. Holly, at 5 p.m. Oct. 29, Sandy was a Category 1 hurricane. It has now transitioned into an extremely intense Nor’easter.

Residents of barrier islands and bay side communities experienced mandatory evacuations as Sandy made its way toward the county. Residents who did not opt to heed the call for evacuation are being asked to shelter in place while first responders and police assess the situation on the islands before going onto the islands to assist those who did not leave.

According to Bonifonte, municipalities on the barrier islands are reporting extreme beach erosion.

Four National Guard trucks were stationed in the county to assist with rescues. Approximately 50 people in Ocean City and Strathmere were rescued, said Bonifonte.

Atlantic City Electric reports 15,540 customers without power.

Five shelters located throughout the county are housing 509 evacuees. Upper Township Middle School in Petersburg is at capacity with 121, Woodbine Developmental Center is at capacity with 259; Upper Township Elementary School in Marmora with 5; Villas Fire Hall (taking Lower Township residents only) 39; and Middle Township Elementary School No. 2 with 85.

The eye of Hurricane Sandy has passed over Cape May County, however its effects will be felt overnight.

Tonight: rain. Low around 49. Very windy, with a south wind 48 to 55 mph, with gusts as high as 80 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Tuesday: Rain likely, mainly before 10 a.m. cloudy, with a high near 55. Very windy, with a south wind 42 to 47 mph decreasing to 36 to 41 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 75 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Nigh:t A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 45. Breezy, with a south wind 17 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

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Coast Guard rescues 14, continues search for 2 from HMS Bounty

VIDEO UPDATE: Coast Guard rescues 14, continues search for 2 from HMS Bounty

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued 14 people from life rafts in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras N.C., Monday, and two remain missing.

The 14 people were flown to Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., where they were met by awaiting emergency medical services personnel at approximately 10:15 a.m. with no life threatening injuries.

Crews aboard a C-130 Hercules and an MH-60 Jayhawk are searching for the two missing crewmembers. Crews aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Elm and the Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin are en route to assist with the search.

The vessel is reportedly sunk, but the mast is still visible.

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina initially received a call from the owner of the 180-foot, three mast tall ship, HMS Bounty, saying she had lost communication with the vessel’s crew late Sunday evening.

The Coast Guard 5th District command center in Portsmouth subsequently received a signal from the emergency position indicating radio beacon registered to the Bounty, confirming the distress and position.

An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City launched aboard an HC-130 Hercules aircraft, which later arrived on scene and established communications with the Bounty’s crew.

Watchstanders dispatched crews aboard two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City.

The first Jayhawk crew arrived on scene at approximately 6:30 a.m. and hoisted five people into the aircraft, and a second helicopter arrived and rescued nine people.

The 16 people donned cold water survival suits and life jackets before launching in two 25-man lifeboats with canopies.

The vessel was reportedly taking on water and without propulsion.  On scene weather was reported to be 40 mph winds and 18-foot seas.

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Coast Guard rescues 14, continues search for 2 from HMS Bounty

VIDEO UPDATE: Coast Guard rescues 14, continues search for 2 from HMS Bounty

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued 14 people from life rafts in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras N.C., Monday, and two remain missing.

The 14 people were flown to Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., where they were met by awaiting emergency medical services personnel at approximately 10:15 a.m. with no life threatening injuries.

Crews aboard a C-130 Hercules and an MH-60 Jayhawk are searching for the two missing crewmembers. Crews aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Elm and the Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin are en route to assist with the search.

The vessel is reportedly sunk, but the mast is still visible.

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina initially received a call from the owner of the 180-foot, three mast tall ship, HMS Bounty, saying she had lost communication with the vessel’s crew late Sunday evening.

The Coast Guard 5th District command center in Portsmouth subsequently received a signal from the emergency position indicating radio beacon registered to the Bounty, confirming the distress and position.

An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City launched aboard an HC-130 Hercules aircraft, which later arrived on scene and established communications with the Bounty’s crew.

Watchstanders dispatched crews aboard two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City.

The first Jayhawk crew arrived on scene at approximately 6:30 a.m. and hoisted five people into the aircraft, and a second helicopter arrived and rescued nine people.

The 16 people donned cold water survival suits and life jackets before launching in two 25-man lifeboats with canopies.

The vessel was reportedly taking on water and without propulsion.  On scene weather was reported to be 40 mph winds and 18-foot seas.

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