Hurricane Irma hits Category Five in the Atlantic, on track to hit the Caribbean by midweek and, possibly, parts of Florida by the weekend. Sustained winds are spinning at 175 miles per hour. Hurricane warnings have been activated in the Virgin Islands, Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico.

Expected path of Hurricane Irma
Expected path of Hurricane Irma (NHC)

The search deepens for a missing Barnegat woman, last seen Saturday afternoon on Old Cedar Bridge Road in the township. Police say that they've reached Theresa Michaelson, but that she is reluctant to disclose where she is. The search remains active until a law enforcement officer knows first-hand that she is well and unhurt.

A fire in a construction trailer in Stafford, that touched of a propane tank explosion that left a New Jersey Forest Fire Service worker hurt, is under investigation. Police said that the state worker was treated on site after the Monday afternoon blast on the Clayton Block grounds.

Drivers, time to re-awaken those back-to-school instincts that help prevent tragedies. AAA Mid-Atlantic urges you to be especially wary of youngsters heading back and forth to school on foot, approach parked cars with caution, stop for school buses with their red signals flashing, and heed the speed limits in school zones.

Small business owners have an opportunity, right now, to tell the US Small Business Admnistration what works, and what doesn't, in helping commerce grow. Comments given to SBA become part of a white paper headed to President Trump. The agency hopes to maximize efficiency and response and to cut red tape.

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