New Jersey’s popular seaside destinations are normally full of tourists this time of year. Hundreds of thousands of people swell the population along the New Jersey coastline in the summer. Right now residents and tourists are being told they must leave because Hurricane Irene is expected to cause major damage and flooding along the coast.
Tolls were suspended on the Atlantic City Expressway to move people away from the shore points as quickly as possible. The Atlantic City Expressway is the fastest way north and west toward Philadelphia from many beach resorts. Some state roads are closed to southbound traffic so all lanes can be used by northbound traffic. Eastbound Route 72 will be shut down tonight so that all lanes can be used to move people off Long Beach Island.
Cape May, the Wildwoods, Ocean City, Atlantic City hotels and casinos, Long Beach Island and everything in between is emptying out. Governor Christie declared a state of emergency yesterday.