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Re: Halloween Hurricane

AC is now underwater. Its really bad here in ocean county. Alot worse than earlier in the day.
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Well, I just flipped over and FOX was on Sandy coverage. So, if anyone was political here, I'm afraid it was you.
Correction - Apolitical.
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Re: Halloween Hurricane

Some quick updates I'm hearing from around the Bay.

There is severe damage to homes and marinas on Long Beach Island.

On parts of the island the dunes have been overtopped and the ocean has reportedly met the bay.

Hope anyone who decided to ride it out on the island makes it through the night OK.

The USGS weather station at Barnegat Light reported wind gusts in excess of 80 miles an hour.

The tidal surge up Cedar Creek is up to 7 feet acording to USGS Tide Station.

It should be about the same surge for those who've gone up Forked River.

Update on Shelter Harbor 10/31 3PM:
The news is getting better for Shelter Harbor. Boats in the 12th street lot are OK. Boats in the lot behind the condos took the hit. One boat that was earlier reported missing has been found. The boat on C dock that was reported sinking is OK now (no other details). There's damage to the floating docks but they didn't float over the pilings as originally reported.
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Re: Halloween Hurricane

Wind gust of 90 reported last night at Bay Bridge. Storm center (not an "eye" because it wasn't officially a hurricane when it came ashore and mixed with the cold front according to NWS) stalled over Baltimore area last night at midnight. Had we been aboard, we would have watched the low pressure peg the dial on our barometer (938 mb?) Water here at our marina is to the stringers; or about 2-3 ft above normal. No major casualties; a couple of shredded biminis. We and our boat are chilly but ok. Conserving power.
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Re: Halloween Hurricane

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Wind gust of 90 reported last night at Bay Bridge... No major casualties; a couple of shredded biminis. We and our boat are chilly but ok. Conserving power.
Good to hear! Hope that life returns to normal soon for all the SN folks that were in Sandy's path. Sailors are a resilient bunch.
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Re: Halloween Hurricane

Thx JimJazz & JulieMor! We're taking the day off to rest, recover, put the boat back together and generally process the storm. And to raise a glass to all who were on duty yesterday: Navy, Coast Guard, LEOs ... and our excellent marina staff.
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Re: Halloween Hurricane

We got lucky in the Philadelphia region, the center passed to the south near Wilmington DE, producing 55mph winds and a surge of 3 to 4 ft.
Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service: Philadelphia/Mount Holly
Water levels are predicted to return to the normal range for the rest of the week.

Coastal NJ and NY City appear to have got the worst of this one.

Rick at TakeFive checked on my boat this morning and it was still on the stands, thanks Rick.

The section of the marina where the boat is located is under a few inches of water at normal high high tide.
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Re: Halloween Hurricane

Yes, I did a brief tour of all the Essington boatyards and no boats tipped over. I saw a couple boats with shredded biminis because the owners left them up. After Irene I had seen bent and twisted metal, but this time just shredded cloth. Several powerboats had canvas enclosing their cockpits and left it up, and from a distance they appeared to fare just fine. As long as all edges of the canvas were secure (and stayed that way), it appears that things did not get shredded.

Flood level did hit a record in Philadelphia, reaching 10.62'. Previous record was 10.5'. Irene hit 10.0', which was equal to what it hit during a Noreaster in April 2011. So the Delaware River flood in Philly was the highest ever, but not by much, and comparable to peak floods we see every few years. So all the docks that I saw did not float off their pilings. [EDIT: I should add that the next flood at ~2pm could go back to the same level.]

My own boat fared better than I expected. We had absolutely no topside leaks - nothing in the battery compartment, nothing in the bilge, nothing under the v-berth hatch. It was a different story for Irene, where despite taping a bunch of seams, I got enough water to kick the bilge pump on. It looks like the speaker I sealed up a month ago completely eliminated the prior leak problem.

I'm hoping that all of you have similarly good news.
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Re: Halloween Hurricane

Our thoughts are with all of you riding out the hurricane. We hope that southbound sailors were able to find good shelter. It doesn't sound like much fun from over here.

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Re: Forked River & LBI Updates

I just received an email from a friend who lives in Forked River, NJ. Evidently Silver Cloud Marina took a bit of a beating but most boats appear to have weathered the storm OK. Water got up into the parking lot at Tall Oaks but boats blocked up seem to be OK, so my boat should be OK. Fingers crossed.

Wilberts and the State Marina are still under water. Definitely a great job by Dave, Dennis and the crew pulling and prepping boats. These guys know what they're doing.

No word on marinas closer to the bay. Evidently Bay Ave is still flooded out. I'm going to try and get down later today to check on my boat if the roads are passable.

Water levels reported by the USGS tide station on Cedar Creek are at 7.25 feet above normal and not dropping. Probably a combination of rain water run off and water trapped in Barnegat Bay. I'd expect water levels on Forked River to be similar.

Long Beach Island didn't fair so well. What I've been hearing out of Shelter Harbor Marina in Beach Haven is pretty dire (see post #203). Evidently Morrisons took a pretty good hit as well. The picture below is a cell phone photo forwarded to me by a friend on the island. I don't have any more details on Morrison's but the photo speaks for itself.

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