Okay, so just everyone knows: It’s 10:20 a.m. as I write this, and parts of Jersey City have been evacuated. We are very close to the evacuation zone, but haven’t been ordered to leave yet. That may likely happen. Here, it looks like a cloudy, stormy day. It’s colder and dogs being walked near our window are wearing raincoats.
We are just waiting in our apartment for more news and for any changes in the weather or our plans. Last night, Nate and I decided to walk along the waterfront of the Hudson River (around 6:30 p.m.)
First, we headed to our chain grocery store, Shoprite, just to see the craziness. The lines were quite long and the shelves down the aisles were in shambles. Anything with canned goods, chips, crackers or soda looked like it had been upended in a riot.
Here was the water aisle:
On the waterfront, this is what we saw:
We were super confused on the cruise ship leaving the harbor area. There was a lot of sandbags in place, and the sky looked ominous. After our walk, we went to the Iron Monkey, a bar near the waterfront, and we received the first information of a mandatory evacuation in Jersey City on our phones. The area we were sitting in was definitely getting evacuated, but not the bar. We stayed put.
Starting at 2 p.m. today, no vehicles can be operated on the street. It is just starting to feel like a ghost town with a few people peeking out their windows seeing what is brewing outdoors. Will keep you updated and I will take a few photos around our neighborhood this morning to show what is happening outdoors.