Hurricane Hermine hit Atlantic City on Sept. 02, 2016. The next day, it was reported that a robber shot a police officer.
Atlantic City is known as a resort town where leisure is the primary focus. According to the city’s website, it accommodates many interests, including the LGBT community.
However, tourists do not expect hurricanes during their vacation.
Hurricane Hermine, the tropical wave, began a bit distant from the west coast of Africa, according to the Weather Channel. This passed on August 18.
On August 31, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) declared Hermine a tropical storm because it produced winds speeds of 30 to 73 mph. It finally hit the east coast of the U.S. at 1:30 a.m., on Sept. 2.
This storm, so far, has not produced any tornadoes but has caused mild flooding. Hermine remains mostly offshore at the moment, which lowers the threat from high winds and heavy rain, reports Ari Sarsalari. Though these elements lack, there may be rip-currents. Sarsalari also states the flooding will not be severe. Nevertheless, there will be some isolated areas of excessive flooding.
The meteorologist foretold of high surf peaks on Sept. 5, around the Jersey Shore where Atlantic City resides. These peak levels will be about waist-high.
Though Hermine will probably soften over time, she could regain strength on Sept. 5, forecasted Sarsalari. Many think it is Superstorm Sandy, although Sandy’s diameter measured 950 miles while Hermine’s measured only 400 miles.
The 51-80 mile-per-hour wind hurricane damaged a road in Alligator Point, Florida. This road is mainly crumbs now.
The Atlantic City authorities cleared the beaches, despite the downgrade of Hermine to a minimal-damaging hurricane. To add to that, residents near the coast boarded up their houses. Cities and towns, like Atlantic City, averted upcoming concerts.
Then, 25 hours after the hurricane hit Atlantic City, a gunshot hit an Atlantic City police officer in the head.
The officer was shot at 2:30 a.m., ET, in the Caesar’s Casino parking garage. Acting Atlantic City County Prosecutor Diane Ruberton, issued at statement that two officers witnessed three men attempting to rob another group of three. One of the men shot an officer, as he was exiting his vehicle. The other officer returned fire, killing 25-year-old Jerome Damon from Camden.
“There was just shooting over here at the outlet just a few days ago… it’s not even safe to go out in the streets no more,” a bystander said.
The severely injured officer underwent surgery at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. Council President Marty Small said they prayed for the officer to make a full recovery. In addition, she stated the war on the streets needs to be dealt with.
“A sad commentary on society,” issued Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, on this incident. He added: “These are good examples of what happens when too many of these assault weapons are in the wrong hands.”
The night of the shooting, the police arrested two men in connection with the incident. The prosecutor charged 28-year-old Demetrius Cross, from Bridgeton and Martell Chisholm, 19, from Millville, each with three counts of robbery, weapons offenses and two counts of attempted murder, announced Ruberton.
The NJ Cop Shot program has offered $20,000 to anyone with information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of the suspects-at-large. According to the prosecutor, the police found the remaining three suspects.
The Back Bay Ale House organized a fundraiser for the injured officer’s family, reported Donna Weaver. They served blue drinks and donated $1 from the money each drink earned to the officer’s family.
By Osveen Funwi
Edited by Jeanette Smith
The Weather Channel: 10 Things to Know About Hermine Now
The Weather Channel: Hurricane Hermine’s First Chapter Recap
CBSNEWS: New Jersey police officer critically wounded in deadly Atlantic City shootout
NBC10.com: Suspect Dies, Atlantic City Officer Hurt in Shootout Outside Casino Garage
Gothamist: Atlantic City Cop Wounded, Suspect Dead in Shootout
abcNEWS: 2 Men Arrested in Shooting of Atlantic City Police Officer
The Press of Atlantic City: Two Cumberland County men arrested in Atlantic City police officer shooting
The Press of Atlantic City: Donation drive underway for family of shot Atlantic City police officer
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