Two New Jersey beach towns devastated by Superstorm Sandy will once again need to rebuild, after a fast-moving fire reduced dozens of businesses along the towns’ boardwalk to rubble.
About 100 fire fighters remained on the scene on Friday, putting out hot spots.
The fire that started at a frozen custard stand in Seaside Park on Thursday moved several blocks into neighbouring Seaside Heights.
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On Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, a massive fire rages along several blocks of boardwalk and businesses in a New Jersey shore town that was still rebuilding from damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.
KYW reported that the fire started at Kohr Brothers frozen custard shop on the FunTown Amusement Pier around 2:15 p.m. ET.
AP reported that more than three hours after the fire started in the vicinity of an ice cream shop, television footage showed flames still leaping into the sky and thick black smoke covering a stretch of the coastline.
About 20 businesses have been burned and damaged over six blocks.
As reported by CNN, the fire was still burning along Ocean Terrace Avenue between Stockton Avenue and Lincoln Avenue Thursday evening.
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These before and after Hurricane Sandy photos of Mantoloking, New Jersey were released by NASA Earth Observatory.
The second photo which was taken on Wednesday, shows houses that once stood on the east side of Route 35 leveled or washed away completely.
Parts of Route 35 is still flooded and is littered with debris.
The Mantoloking Bridge is badly damaged and is still partly flooded.
It is reported that, “after a preliminary inspection, the bridge has been deemed unstable”.
The National Weather Service’s Prediction Center issued a warning for a possible nor’easter, which may hit the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions as early as next Tuesday.
The storm will bring moderate rains and gusty winds in many of the same areas ravaged by the superstorm.
It is not a big storm like Hurricane Sandy but it may cause more problems for both New York and New Jersey.
Hurricane Sandy, after killing at least 69 people in the Caribbean, streamed northward, merged with two wintry weather systems and socked the Northeast, mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes with wind, waves, rain and snow. Some figures associated with Sandy’s rampage through the U.S., as of Wednesday night:
— Maximum size of storm: 1,000 miles across
— Highest storm surge: 14.6 feet at Bergen Point, N.J.
— Number of states seeing intense effects of the storm: At least 17
— Deaths: At least 98
— Damage: Estimated property losses at $20 billion, ranking the storm among the most expensive U.S. disasters
— Top wind gust on land in the U.S.: 90 mph Islip, N.Y., and Robbins Reef, N.J.
— Power outages at peak: More than 8.5 million
— Canceled airline flights: More than 19,500
— Most rainfall: 12.55 inches, at Easton, Md.
— Most snow: 34 inches at Gatlinburg, Tenn.
— Evacuation zone: Included communities in more than 400 miles of coastline from Ocean City, Md., to Dartmouth, Mass.
By The Associated Press:
Sources: National Weather Service, FlightAware, Weather Underground, AP reporting.
Superstorm Sandy had caused huge damages to all of the mass transit systems especially in New York City and New Jersey.
The New York City’s subway system will be reopened on Thursday but it will be offering only limited services.
The busses and taxis:
Superstorm Sandy brought destructive force of the powerful wind gusts, torrential rains and massive storm surges that killed at least 64 people and caused billions of dollars in damages throughout the East Coast.
The Battery Park underpass in New York City took on about 12 feet of water during the storm.
Seaside, N.J., was a bustling destination featuring a roller coaster and Ferris wheel along the Jersey Shore. (Yahoo! Travel/Dan Beards/flickr)
But Sandy swept the roller coaster into the ocean. (Reuters)
The OC Fishing Pier in Ocean City, Md., survived Hurricane Irene a year ago. (Laura Emmons/The Daily Times)
Only part of the pier held up after Sandy. (AP)
The historic boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J., has seen better times. (Yahoo! Travel/londondreamer2/flickr)
Sandy ravaged the famed boardwalk. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
The Bounty before the storm. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
The Bounty sank in the Atlantic, 90 miles off Cape Hatteras, N.C.
Battered by a record storm surge of nearly 14 feet of water, large sections of New York City remained submerged under several feet of water.
Subway and commuter tunnels under New York City, which carry several million riders a day, were under several feet of water.
At least 45 people were killed in nine states.
There was a huge fire that destroyed houses in the flooded Breezy Point and Belle Harbor, blizzards hit Appalachia, no power for millions, a storm surge up to 14 feet and rain that caused flooding.
Sandy aftermath photos remind me of the March 2011 Japan tsunami aftermath.
In Photos: Mass Transit Damaged By Superstorm Sandy