Joe Perroni load sheets of plywood at The Home Depot store in North Miami, Fla
Carla Perroni Aguilera of Miami Beach, Fla., holds a cart as her husband Ronald Aguilera and her father Joe Perroni load sheets of plywood at The Home Depot store in North Miami, Fla (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Hurricane Irma, causing at least 10 known deaths in the Caribbean, bears down on southern Florida, where evacuations are well under way. Reports from the tiny island of Barbuda indicate 90 percent of its buildings destroyed or heavily damaged. In Puerto Rico, the storm left more than a million people without electricity, and tens of thousands without water.

Taking lessons from the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Middletown wins approval to study the feasibility of installing a micro-grid - an independent energy source to keep vital systems active in disasters or massive blackouts. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities is funding studies in more than a dozen New Jersey communities, including Atlantic City and Camden.

Egg Harbor Township endocrinologist James Kauffman appears headed for trial for his June standoff with police during a search of his office and home. Kauffman is accused of pulling a Ruger 9mm handgun. He faces weapons and obstruction counts.

Viewing takes place today, and services tomorrow. for Justin Dill, the Belford 19-year-old whose life ended on the job at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson. The electrical apprentice was hit by a boom truck while stringing lights. He was a Middletown High School North graduate and a former Boy Scout.

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