Monday update: Hurricane Sandy still headed for Jersey Shore; Hoboken, Jersey City, and rest of Hudson County hunkering down; some flooding; click link to track storm

HUDSON COUNTY — Hurricane Sandy was off the North Carolina coast on Monday morning and was still headed for a direct hit on the southern Jersey Shore, somewhere the Monmouth/Ocean County border and Cape May. The direct hit was predicted for some time before 2 a.m. on Tuesday morning, although forecasters Monday morning did not give an exact time.
Hoboken residents have been posting photos on their websites and in Twitter links of the Hudson River already flooding onto Sinatra Park on the central waterfront and into the Hoboken train terminal plaza.
“At 5 a.m., Sandy, a Category 1 hurricane, was 385 miles south-southeast of New York City and moving at about 15 mph,” said CNN, quoting the National Weather Service.
Track the storm by clicking here.
Hoboken saw more swaying trees on Monday morning than rain. Both Hoboken and Jersey City had set up evacuation shelters and evacuated residents in low-lying areas. In Hoboken, ground and basement apartment dwellers were told to leave on Sunday night.
Parks in Hoboken were closed at 3 p.m. Sunday, with police tape across the entrances to keep people out.
For more details on the evacuation zones, see previous breaking news at below this one.

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