Jersey Shore prepares for weekend storm

Crews at the Jersey Shore are preparing the coast for a potentially severe winter storm expected to hit New Jersey this weekend.

Crews and residents at the Jersey Shore are preparing the shoreline for a potential nor'easter that could impact New Jersey this weekend.

Crews and residents at the Jersey Shore are preparing the shoreline for a potential nor'easter that could impact New Jersey this weekend. (1/19/16)

BELMAR - Crews at the Jersey Shore are preparing the coast for a potentially severe winter storm expected to hit New Jersey this weekend.

If the nor’easter materializes, New Jersey’s coastline could see powerful winds, major flooding and severe beach erosion.

In Ortley Beach, crews were using bulldozers to create temporary dunes to protect the beach from erosion and flooding. Beaches in the town are already narrow from other storms that have hit.

Town officials hope that they can help protect properties by strengthening the weaker areas of the shore. Some of the buildings and houses along the coast in Ortley Beach are still recovering from Superstorm Sandy.

In Belmar, public works crews started to lower lakes in a pre-emptive attempt to lessen flooding. Residents in town were flocking to hardware stores to buy deicers and shovels.

Other residents tell News 12 New Jersey that they are making sure their generators are fueled and in working order in case the power goes out.

This weekend’s full moon has some people worried, because that could affect the amount of flooding. Wind gusts could get up to 30 mph and a significant amount of snowfall could occur.

News 12 New Jersey’s meteorologists are tracking the storm. For now, it is still too early to tell exactly how the storm will impact New Jersey.

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