Tropical Storm Jose and Hurricane Maria have not touched our shores, but the high waves and beach erosion they're causing have stalled dune reconstruction progress in Mantoloking, which was flattened by Superstorm Sandy five years ago. Work has been on hold for about a week.

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A woman, right, scavenges on the beach while workers labor on the new seawall construction project to protect Mantoloking. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Vehicles flooded in Florida and Texas during Harvey and Irma have a chance of surfacing on used-car lots anywhere, even in New Jersey. Salt water in the engine or electrical system can mean expensive woes later on a car that seems like a bargain now. State Motor Vehicle Commission Director Ray Martinez advises anyone suspecting a damaged car to lookfor a clear marking about flood exposure on the title, and if it isn't there, enlisting a qualified mechanic to inspect it end-to-end.

Flu vaccination clinics begin in Ocean and Monmouth Counties, well before flu season reaches its height. Three county health departments have arranged a combined 75 inoculation opportunities, through mid-November.

A Freehold couple and two others from New Jersey have opened federal class-action suits against Equifax, tied to the giant data breach revealed earlier this month. They claim that the firm failed to protect their information, and waited until September to disclose the breach that began in May. Nationwide, 143,000,000 people were hacked.

The young Yankees fan who was hit in the face by a Todd Frazier line drive foul Wednesday reportedly will recover, but she remains in the back of the Toms River native's mind. She was given hospital treatment. The third baseman said later that he would like to see improvements in fan protection.

Trial looms for a Marlton man accused of shooting at a cop who was checking on his well-being last May. Jeffrey Wass allegedly fired a gun in his apartment when police responded to a report of natural gas streaming from his stove. A maintenance worker said he found all gas jets open with no flames and Wass incapacitated on his couch.

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