People are taking very seriously the potential threat posed by Hurricane Irene, which is slowly churning toward a northward track up the East Coast of the United States.
Along the Jersey Shore there already have been evacuations, starting at Cape May in the south and working north.
In Sea Bright, a town on a narrow strip of land between the Atlantic Ocean and the Shrewsbury River, Office of Emergency Management truck s are already staged in front of the fire station. And boats and a ski jet are at the ready to rescue people from their homes by watercraft if necessary.
The assistant manager of the Long Branch Family Dollar store watched as crews boarded up the plate class windows with plywood.
And in West Long Branch, the Home Depot was open ’round the clock to accommodate people in need of board up supplies, generators, flashlights and batteries.