Tinton Heights, N and other towns along the New York-New Jersey border have been under a state of emergency as of Thursday, with the Federal Emergency Management Agency warning residents that the storm could hit again in the coming days.
It’s also been declared a disaster area by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
“It’s an incredibly intense storm that has had a huge impact on our community, but it’s also an incredibly dangerous storm,” Mayor John Vesely told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl.
“It could hit here again.”
According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm has strengthened to Category 3, with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph.
The storm is now a Category 1 storm with winds of 85 mph.
The National Hurricane Centre has already issued a mandatory evacuation order for residents in towns and cities along the state line.
A total of 16,500 people have been ordered to evacuate their homes as of Wednesday evening.
New York State has been the epicenter of Hurricane Sandy, which devastated New Jersey and New York City in 2012.
The storm caused extensive damage and caused over $50 billion in damages to the region, according to the U, and New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie, a Republican, has been called out by the state’s Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo as “a liar” for his public statement about the storm.