Irene: The Latest Forecast for Galloway

Looks like about 8 inches of rain coming, peak gusts of around 80 miles per hour, with sustained winds in the lower 60s, and the storm surge for low areas, topping out at around 5 feet, according to the latest prediction.

Hurricane Irene, downgraded to a Category 1 storm with sustained winds now at about 85 miles per hour, will send increasing winds toward Galloway Township throughout the day.

Winds are expected to peak around 2 to 4 a.m. Sunday, when gusts should hit just under 80 miles per hour.

But sustained winds should top out in the 60 mile per hour range. Winds should subside substantially by late Sunday afternoon.

There's rain or a possibility of rain from now until about 9 p.m. Sunday. About 8 inches is expected to fall in total.

The National Hurricane Center's storm surge predictor puts the surge for low areas of Galloway Township near the bay east of Route 9 and along streams at around six feet at its worst, though a larger area of lower areas in the township will also feel the affects of the surge.

"We don't have any particular issues right now," said Township Manager Steve Bonanni on Saturday. "We seem to be ready for it."

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, which had been used as a shelter temporarily yesterday, is now closed, the people who'd been sent there moved to other shelters.

The Roland Rogers Elementary School has 200 people -- its capacity -- there.




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