Joaquin moves east, moderate flooding still expected at Jersey Shore

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JERSEY SHORE— The Christie administration is warning residents to be prepared to go at least three days without power, if necessary. Beach erosion and moderate flooding are still likely, and waves could stretch as high as 16-feet this weekend.

“We’re very fortunate, at least at the moment, that the hurricane is heading out to sea and not towards the coast,” said the Governor.

Joaquin is turning out to be a far cry from a Sandy sequel, nonetheless, Christie used the storm as a battering ram against some shore residents.

“You are among the most selfish people in the state of NJ,” he chided.

Christie was speaking to beachfront homeowners who refuse to sign easements, which would allow the state to complete a protective dune system. Christie reiterated a promise that if they gave up rights to the sand in front of their homes, it would not mean pop-up hot dog stands or porta-potties.

“Even though I feel at times like I might be running a public bathroom when I’m at the state house, I’m not. And I have no interest in running public bathrooms up and down the jersey shore,” he said.

Further up the Jersey shore in Union Beach, Jersey Central Power and Light promised better communication throughout this storm.

“It’s probably its one of the key lessons learned, that we did get out of Sandy,” said JCP&L President James Fakult.

"You know, you can go online now, on the web, and find out exactly what is going on as far as the outages, the number of outages, if a crew is in route, what the estimated time of restoration is."

JCP&L was experiencing roughly 100 outages throughout the state on Friday, with some reported in Asbury Park and Toms River. But the utility says that their system overall has been hardened since Sandy, and that hundreds of out-of-state utility workers have joined their crews on the ground to attack any power problems after the wind dies down.