New Jersey ‘won’t let guard down’ until Hurricane Joaquin is far out to sea: Christie

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SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie says that the state won’t get as much rain as it initially thought, but that New Jersey’s four southernmost counties are still likely to suffer moderate to major flooding.

Christie told residents Friday to be prepared to respond to flooding and power outages and said that shelters will be available if needed. He declared a state of emergency on Thursday.

“We won’t let our guard down until we know Joaquin is well out to sea,” he said.

The National Weather Service has issued coastal flood warnings Friday with widespread tidal flooding expected during high tides throughout this weekend.

As high tide arrives, water has breached the sea wall in some places in Atlantic City and there is water in the streets.

Christie says that the Cape May and Atlantic County region are expected to get between one and three feet of flooding and waves are expected to reach six to 10 feet.