Nightly News | October 27, 2012
>>> tonight, millions of americans are heeding the warnings which are becoming increasingly dire as the storm approaches. long lines at stores up and down the coast, west to ohio. ron allen has that end of the story for us from point pleasant beach, new jersey, tonight. kbeeng to you.
>> reporter: good evening, lester. the ocean is a hundred yards in that direction which is pretty close to the town over here, the businesses, boardwalk and the homes. that's why there will be a mandatory evacuation tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 p.m . today was the day to scramble around to be prepared. there is every indication that further inland most people are heeding the warning that the storm could be something extraordinary. they are used to taking on mother nature along the jersey shore where they rolled out the heavy equipment, trying to protect towns from the sea in what forecasters say could be storm surges up to eight feet high.
>> because it's so unpredictable, i think we don't know what's going to happen. we are just going to prepare for the worst.
>> reporter: the problem is it is just 300 to 400 yards wide at the narrowest point. so they are boarding up and cleaning up everything that's not nailed or tied down.
>> i don't think the house will be washed away. i think the front yard will probably be gone.
>> i don't want to take a chance.
>> reporter: getting prepared from north carolina up to new england for a storm expected to be bigger and last longer than irene which ripped through the same densely populated corridor last year causing billions in damage and leaving millions without power. today it took a long time to get gas in connecticut and find supplies at the supermarket as governors urged residents to take this storm seriously.
>> let me just be real clear on this at the end. we should not under estimate the impact of this storm. we should not assume the predictions will be wrong.
>> folks, this could be bad -- really bad.
>> reporter: at the naval station in norfolk, virginia, it was all hands on deck. for now the ships are staying in port. at this marina in new jersey, started taking boats out of the water at the crack of dawn.
>> just getting as many as we can. don't want to turn any down and leave them in the water.
>> reporter: meanwhile, everyone watch it is forecast. in new york city , as early as tomorrow morning officials will decide whether to shut down the subways, tunnels and bridges. near philadelphia, concern about six oil refineries, 7% of the nation's capacity. in atlantic city , the casinos will be shut down tomorrow and the list of cities and towns calling for evacuations will likely grow. but some still plan to stay.
>> we have been able to get through all of the storms without any problem. we just anticipate that we'll be able to do the same thing now.
>> reporter: to give you an idea of the scale of things, if the storm turns out to be as bad as predicted, the ocean, the water here along this entire beach, mile after mile in each direction and six blocks in that direction will be several feet deep. lester?
>> ron allen on the jersey shore for us this evening.