By Shiryn Ghermezian, EnStarz | Oct 29, 2012 04:54 PM EDT
Its casino and restaurant doors are closed, its boardwalk is deserted and now Atlantic City is largely underwater thanks to Hurricane Sandy.
Much of the city is heavily flooded after severe weather started rolling in on Monday, with casinos and beach front hotels evacuated over the weekend in anticipation of Sandy's visit to the East Coast area, according to The Huffington Post. Many emergency responders were called in to help those who thought they could ride out the storm, and strong waves from the increasingly high tides have damaged parts of the area's boardwalk, according to the report.
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Approximately 30,000 people evacuated Atlantic City over the weekend and the city's casinos were shut down for the fourth time ever.
"Be advised that there are heavy timbers floating in Atlantic Avenue," said a first responder on Monday morning. Winds at 80 mph have been hitting down hard in Atlantic City and other coastal areas of New Jersey.
This is not the first time that Atlantic City went underwater. A flood in 1962 left the City 10 feet under water, according to Examiner.
Other parts of New Jersey are already experiencing severe flooding, power outages and high winds. Parts of Garden State Highway has been closed down due to rising tides, and Hoboken has banned all driving after 4 p.m., according to Newser. More than 8,000 have already lost power, the report added.
However, The Associated Press reported that forecasters believe New York might receive the worst of the storm - an estimated 11-foot "wall of water." The estimation was made by Louis Uccellini, environmental prediction chief for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Additionally, authorities said New York could get hit with amounts of ocean water enough to swamp parts of lower Manhattan, flood subway tunnels and damage electric lines that power areas such as the financial district and Times Square.
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