ORTLEY BEACH - As the remnants of Tropical Storm Karen pass over New Jersey, many along the coast are gearing up for possible erosion and flooding.
The slow-moving coastal storm is expected to linger over New Jersey for several days.
Openings in the dune system, such as the space between 5th and 6th avenues in Ortley Beach, may make areas of the shoreline vulnerable to the storm. Toms River's public information officer says that particular area is private property, and that the town is helpless since the owner has not signed an easement.
Residents can expect periods of rain through Saturday morning. Gale-force wind conditions are also expected, with gusts between 35 and 40 mph near the coast.
The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood advisory for sections of Ocean, Middlesex and Monmouth counties in effect through 5 p.m. Friday.