Tidal flooding is expected over three tidal cycles beginning Sunday night, which could result in Route 30 being closed or impassable for at least 18 hours, Galloway Police said Saturday night, Oct. 27.
The 66,000 residents of the barrier islands were issued mandatory evacuation orders earlier today, and must be off their islands by 4 p.m. Sunday. The barrier islands include Margate, Ventnor, Atlantic City, Brigantine and Longport. After that, tidal flooding worse than that expected during Hurricane Irene is expected to ensue, police said.
Police also provided the following preparation tips:
• Have adequate prescription medicines or infant supplies on hand.
• Remove or secure all outdoor property (furniture signs or other items that could be blown away) due to the high winds and tidal flooding.
• If you or someone you know uses life-support equipment that requires electricity to operate, identify a location with emergency power capabilities and make plans to go there during a prolonged outage.
• Assemble an emergency storm kit. Include a battery-powered radio or television, flashlight, a first-aid kit, battery-powered or windup clock, extra batteries, special needs items, an insulated cooler and a list of important and emergency phone numbers.
• Keep at least a three-day supply of non-perishable foods and bottled water and have a hand-operated can opener available.
• Have a telephone with a cord or cell phone to use as a backup. Cordless telephones require electricity to operate, and won't work if there is an outage.
• Protect your electronic equipment. Unplug sensitive electronics or plug computers and other sensitive equipment into surge suppressors, and consider a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) for temporary battery backup power.
• Turn off power to flood-prone basement appliances if it is safe to do so. However, if you have an electrically operated sump pump, you should not turn off your power.
• Fill your gas tank so you can run your automobile to charge mobile devices. Be sure to open garage doors using manual controls to run the vehicle safely.
•Tune in to local news broadcasts for the latest weather and emergency information.
•Follow the advice of your local emergency management officials.
•If you need to use a portable generator, follow the manufacturer's instructions and use only when necessary. Don't overload it and turn it off at night while you sleep and when you are away from home.
•Residence with well water should fill bathtubs and trash can to ensure they have water to flush toilets.
•Residence should also consider freezing Rubbermaid containers and 2 liter bottles to provide ice for maintaining food safe.
•Stay away from downed wires. Assume any downed wire is energized.
•To report an outage or downed wire, call 1-800-833-7476 or report through our mobile app or our website, atlanticcityelectric.com.
Atlantic City Electric is closely monitoring the approach of Hurricane Sandy, which has the potential to cause devastating damage to the area. Atlantic City Electric has initiated its Incident Response Plan to prepare for the storm and is strongly urging customers to get ready now for the possibility of multi-day outages.
Weather services are predicting that the Atlantic City Electric service area will experience heavy rain and high winds over a sustained period, which could cause widespread and extended power outages. To see where the outages are you can use the web link from Atlantic City Electric:
Residents should continue to monitor the progress of the storm closely. Also, residents living near low lying areas should keep a close eye on water levels and be prepared to evacuate if necessary. Please move all vehicles to higher ground.