New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Outlines Evacuation Preparations for Nor'easter Storm on the Heels of Hurricane Sandy

Category: Media & Culture / Nov 07, 2012 6:35PM EDT
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addressed the media on Wednesday (November 7) about another storm headed to the region that is expected to cause more repercussions on the current recovery efforts in the state. "You know, we may take a setback in the next 24 hours. You need to be prepared for that. I'm prepared for that. I hate setbacks. I don't tolerate them usually very well. But this one I can't control. The weather is what it is. And we're going to have to deal with it," Governor Christie warned the public. In his press conference at Harvey Cedars in New Jersey, he went into detail about the preparations for the arrival of the Nor'easter and urged people who live in the areas that will be most likely to be affected to evacuate the area again. Christie also detailed how the preparations will come about and assured the people of his state their safety is his number one priority. "The DOT (New Jersey Department of Transportation) is ready in the northern part of our state to deal with the snow. The plows and the salting and sanding trucks are ready. Our contractors are ready to get out there and clear the roads and do what needs to be done. But the storm could have a heavy wet snow and an ice element to it. The biggest risk we have now, along with the high winds, is to take that power outage number up from 369,000 households now, to something much greater than that," he said. As for the current ongoing recovery efforts, he gave several points about the progress of specific areas that needed the most attention, such as gas, water, getting children back to school, and which evacuation centers are open. "It will be a 24 to 48 hour delay, but then we'll get right back to work and because the weather looks so good for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we should be able to get right back into the swing of things to get things returned," Christie said. Forecasters said the nasty weather was headed for New York and New Jersey, which were struggling to recover after former hurricane Sandy killed at least 120 in the United States and Canada when it struck on October 29 as a rare hybrid storm. On the devastated New Jersey shore, a summer tourist haven where Sandy's storm surge swallowed whole neighborhoods and pushed entire homes across the street, some towns were issued a mandatory evacuation order for waterfront neighborhoods ahead of Wednesday's storm.