Saturday, September 02, 2006

Ernesto rips through South Jersey

Tropical depression Ernesto ripped through southern New Jersey overnight causing downed leaves and branches and bringing over one inch of rain. The fifth named tropical storm of the Atlantic season reached the midlantic states mid-day yesterday and slowly moved through the region overnight.

100% of the local schools were closed as school children enjoyed an extended holiday weekend. Many properties are littered with sticks and small branches. One man was reported as saying "I am not sure how long it will take to dig out from all of this debris".

One local man reported a wet newspaper and was forced to disengage a canopy top in order to prevent Ernesto's powerful winds from toppling the 2 year old aluminum canopy structure. A garden umbrella was also forced to close in this same neighborhood.

Additionally swimming pools in the area were reported as filling as much as another one inch as sump pumps worked to remove ground water from under homes in the area.

Ernesto began as a tropical depression on the 24th of August in the Leeward Islands and briefly reached hurricane status last Sunday making it's way across Cuba and Florida before heading out to sea before striking the Carolina coast. The exact location of the Leeward islands is unclear but is believed to be warm.

Damage is reported in the tens of dollars and governor Corsidine is expected to tour the area by small plane later today.

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