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With a Category 1 hurricane forecasted to make landfall in New Jersey, meteorologists, beach erosion and storm surge experts say the damage to the shoreline and flooding along low-lying areas could be devastating.

Flooding from Hurricane Sandy was reported on Monday morning along the Jersey Shore,  lower Manhattan and Long Island.

"You can add another seven to nine feet of water than what we're seeing now. If we get a huge surge like this-- if the water gets into subway tunnels-- the sea water can contaminate the third rail. The water can also get into the lobbys of apartment buildings and into elevators," said Meteorologist Nick Gregory.

When high tide arrives on Monday night, it could be a record-breaking six to 11 feet above normal.

"Hurricane Irene went a foot over the seawall of lower Manhattan. We're expecting it to be more than that. The next high tide is at about 9pm -11 pm," said Professor Philip Orton of Stevens Institute of Technology.

 A portion of the FDR Drive was closed due to rising water over the roadway.

The East River Esplanade was flooded around 72nd Street

Hurricane Sandy "has characteristic we see in noreasters and hurricanes. The erosion can be even worse. Once the beach gets eroded, some of it will come back naturally. In a lot of cases, it will need to be restored through means like beach nourishment," said Professor John Miller of Stevens Institute of Technology.

 

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