Irma is now the strongest hurricane to grow out of the Atlantic Basin, outside the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Sustained winds have abated to 117 miles per hour on the path toward St. Maarten and the Leewards, slowed by the path of destruction through tiny Barbuda, where 1,600 people are left with floods, torn rooftops and power outages. The likelihood of a Florida strike is increasing.

Satellite view of Hurricane Irma on Tuesday morning
Satellite view of Hurricane Irma on Tuesday morning (NHC)

For much of the US. Hurricane Harvey's most persistent reminder is the dramatic spike in gasoline prices. Patrick DeHaan of predicts a ceiling point in the next several days, with a week or more of unsteadiness afterward.

A caretaker who reported a disabled man missing in Monmouth's Ocean Township is charged with neglect. Police said that they helped Conejo Graham find the 65-year-old, who had gone to West Long Branch under his own power. They alleged that Graham left him alone in a car for more than an hour while he was inside his house.

The new Chief of Detectives in the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office has a wealth of prior experience as the acting Chief in Union County. John McCabe of Hazlet steps into the spot vacated by the retiring Michael Pasterchick, Jr.

Belmar says buh-bye, big tents. The Borough Council banned beach spreading Tuesday night, limiting tents and canopies to three feet in height from sand level. Mayor Matt Doherty led the effort, saying that the tent syndrome ate up space and blocked views of the ocean.

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