Storm Preparedness News

Deluges Follow Droughts as ‘Hydrological Extremes’ Become ‘New Normal’

Texas struggled through its driest year in history in 2011. Four years later was its wettest ever. The Mississippi River rose to all-time-high flood levels in 2011. In 2012, its second-lowest. After a six-year drought that made agricultural irrigation a …

National Hurricane Center’s New Weather Advisory Tactic: Storm Prep Deadlines

Some coastal residents always put off emergency preparations until storm clouds loom on the horizon. The National Hurricane Center is going to try giving those people a deadline this year, issuing experimental advisories showing when tropical-storm force winds may hit …

Delaware Insurance Commissioner Advises Residents in Case of Hurricane Matthew

Delaware Insurance Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart is encouraging Delaware residents to take action now to prepare for potential damages and interruptions from Hurricane Matthew. Although it is too early to predict the long-term track of the storm, residents are encouraged …

Study: Flood Risk on Rise for New York City, New Jersey Coast

A new study looking back over 1,000 years finds the flooding risk along the New York and New Jersey coasts increased greatly after industrialization, and major storms that once might have occurred every 500 years could soon happen every 25 …

Local Conn. Businesses Are Told to Plan Ahead, Prepare for Next Big Storm

A Category 3 hurricane with forces not seen in Eastern Connecticut for nearly 100 years barrels into the mouth of the Connecticut River. Roads are blocked by downed trees and utility lines. Power is expected to be out for up …

Report: High, Wide Dunes Worked During Superstorm Sandy

A study by a leading coastal science center lends new support to New Jersey’s efforts to build protective sand dunes along its 127-mile coast. The Coastal Research Center at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey studied the state’s beaches …

Federal Judge Allows N.J. Town’s Dune Construction Plan to Proceed

A federal judge ruled on Jan. 15 to let a beach replenishment project proceed — for now — over the objections of a Jersey shore town that does not want the sand piles. Judge Renee Marie Bumb decided that neither …

New Jersey Beach Owner Sues to Stop Dune Project

A major Jersey shore beach owner is suing the state, the federal government and the borough of Point Pleasant Beach over a project to establish protective sand dunes along the state’s shoreline. Jenkinson’s Pavilion, one of the state’s largest and …

GOP Fundraiser: N.J. Gov. Christie’s Sand Dune Plan Is ‘Stupid’

Plenty of oceanfront homeowners at the Jersey shore are unhappy with GOP Gov. Chris Christie’s plan to widen beaches and build protective sand dunes along the state’s entire 127-mile coastline. Among them is Lawrence Bathgate, one of the Republican Party’s …

Blue-Collar Workers Priced Out as Rich Snap Up Jersey Shore Homes

When Hurricane Sandy roared through New Jersey two years ago, it not only tore up the shoreline. It also pushed out much of the middle class. From Ocean City to Toms River, one-story cottages and bungalows damaged by the worst …