Due to the popularity of our previous post’s regarding theÂ devastatingÂ effect of Hurricane Irene, we have decided to post some updates on the aftermath of hurricane Irene.Â
Hurricane Ireneâ€™s death toll in New Jersey has grown to three as authorities start to evaluate the damage the storm wrought on the Garden State.
In Kearny, a man drowned, but police have offered few details.
In Edison, a 74-year-old man died of a heart attack in his flooded basement, according to the Middlesex County Office of Emergency Management.
And in Salem County, a 20-year-old woman who had called 911 after her car was swept away by flood waters was found dead at 9:30 this morning.
Gov. Chris Christie, at a press conference this afternoon, said that a firefighter in Princeton â€œsuccumbed to his injuries from an attempted swift water rescue.â€
But Maria Comella, spokesman for the governor, confirmed that the firefighter is alive.
Downtown New Brunswick, N.J., can be see near the overflowing Raritan River Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, as heavy rains left by Hurricane Irene are causing inland flooding of rivers and streams. Irene appeared to have fallen short of the doomsday predictions, but more than 4.5 million homes and businesses along the East Coast reportedly lost power, and at least 18 deaths were blamed on the storm.
One private estimate put damage along the coast at $7 billion, far from any record for a natural disaster.
Irene was the first hurricane to make landfall in the continental United States since 2008, and came almost six years to the day after Katrina ravaged New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005.
Here is a live camera of
Pier Cam in Lehigh Acres, United States