Jersey shore residents urged to take precautions as Florence approaches Carolinas

The current focus is getting past last week's Tropical Storm Gordon.

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September 10, 2018 - 12:35 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Weather models are showing that Category 4 Hurricane Florence will probably hit the Carolinas first, but South Jersey is preparing for her, even as residents clean up from last week's Tropical Storm Gordon.

With the possibility of impact in the Philadelphia region, Jersey shore communities are tracking Florence. But according to Linda Gilmore, Atlantic County public information officer, the real focus is getting last week's Tropical Storm Gordon behind us now. 

"We're still seeing some flooding on some of the roadways as a result of the high tides," Gilmore said on Monday, "and we're also paying very close attention to the high surf advisory and dangerous rip currents."

She says roads are flooded in the areas that usually experience coastal flooding during heavy rains, like the ones Gordon brought in. 

"Our attention is focued on that as well as watching what may result from Florence later this week," she said.

Gilmore says it looks like the Carolinas will get the brunt of Florence. So far, no evacuations have been ordered. But Gilmore says residents are being asked to re-assess their plans. 

"We always tell people, especially September is actually Preparedness Month. And this is the height of hurricane season, which lasts through the end of November," she said.

She says because this is the height of hurricane season, residents are being encouraged to make preparations.

"This is just a good reminder to take a look at their plans, take a look at their supplies, learn where the evacuation routes are, should they be asked to evacuate," Gilmore said. And don't forget about pets, and what they need. 

She also says that residents living in low-lying areas should make a plan to get their vehicles to higher ground.