Gov. Christie is ordering the evacuations of residents throughout the Shore region -- including all of Cape May County and much of Atlantic, Ocean Monmouth Counties -- and estimating that hundreds of thousands of people must leave their homes.
"Get the hell off the beach in Asbury Park and get out," he said. "You're done. It's 4:30; you've maximized your tan."
Christie is urging people to find shelter at friends', relatives' and colleagues' homes further west, but if not, emergency shelters are set up throughout the state.
Pets will be allowed at all shelters, but "bring the kitty litter and the litter box, bring the Pooper Scooper and the dog food."
He added: "I can't believe as governor I'm actually saying this."
He said everyone in the state needs to "get to the stores."
"Get five days' supply of water for you and your family. Get five days' supply of non-perishable food. Get a can opener to open the food," he said.
And if you live inland, "invite people to stay at your house tonight."
- Between 1,000 and 1,500 people will be transported to the Sun Center in Trenton tonight and then taken to another shelter in the morning. The Izod Center in North Jersey will open tomorrow as a shelter.
- So far 80 NJ Transit buses are being used to transport people out of Atlantic City.
- Patients at Palisades Medical Center, which is on the Hudson River, are being transferred to Englewood Medical Center.
- In Atlantic, Ocean, Cape May and Salem Counties more than 10 nursing homes have been evacuated to other facilities.
List of towns under mandatory evacuation:
ATLANTIC COUNTY: Brigantine, Atlantic City, Ventnor, Longport, Absecon, West Atlantic City, Galloway, Port Republic, Egg Harbor, Galloway, Somers Point, Linwood, Northfield, Corbin City, Margate
OCEAN COUNTY: Long Beach Island, Berkeley
MONMOUTH COUNTY: Asbury Park, Keansburg, Spring Lake, Sea Bright, Wall, Monmouth Beach, Highlands, Manasquan, Union Beach
CAPE MAY: ALL MUNICIPALITIES