Hurricane Sandy Update: Long Beach Island, New Jersey Getting Hit Hard With ‘Frankenstorm’ [PHOTOS & VIDEOS]

By Staff Reporter on October 29, 2012 10:44 AM EDT

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Hurricane Sandy Update: Long Beach Island, New Jersey Getting Hit Hard With ‘Frankenstorm’ [PHOTOS & VIDEOS]

Hurricane Sandy has begun to terrorize the East Coast, and Long Beach Island, NJ has not been immune to its force.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Sandy has now been upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane due to its 85 mile per hour winds. The "Frankenstorm" is expected to strike New Jersey on Monday evening, but Long Beach Island has already begun to see damage from the storm.

With high tide at 9:19 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 29 at the Beach Haven Coast Guard station, areas like Harvey Cedars have begun to see waves breaking on the dunes. At 9:40 a.m. the ocean had breached the towns of Beach Haven, North Beach and Love Ladies.

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A mandatory evacuation for Long Beach Island was carried out on Sunday on the orders of Governor Chris Christie. At 4 p.m. the LBI bridge was closed to eastbound traffic. The Long Beach Island Police Department had a storm advisory update at 9 p.m. on Oct. 28, warning residents that the storm "is gaining strength and conditions are deteriorating quickly."

While some residents refused to leave their homes, those that decided to evacuate were sent to Southern Regional High School. Those with animals had to crate their pets at Pinelands Middle School.

As of Sunday, Oct. 28, "The Shack," a well known LBI landmark, obtained beach front property. Usually located near the bay, Sunday morning the crumbling old fishing building became surrounded by water.

The National Weather Service estimates that the New Jersey coastline could get a 10-12 foot storm tide.

 

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