Camden County officials have issued a proclamation of local emergency, according to the county’s website.
Fire officials say they responded around 5:30 a.m. to the Hampton Inn at 13th and Race Streets, when something triggered the alarm system. The building was then evacuated of all 366 people.
Dozens of passengers were forced to evacuate a plane at Philadelphia International Airport, after an emergency landing.
A spokesperson for Cape May County says access to many barrier islands will be cut-off at some point, and estimates a 95% compliance rate for the mandatory evacuation.
Hurricane Irene forced evacuations of coastal communities in New Jersey, but there are a few holdouts.
Evacuees in Atlantic County can go to any of the following transport sites and from there they will be transferred to shelters around the region.
Regular service has resumed on the PATCO high speed line, after an early morning fire on Saturday in Camden’s City Hall station temporarily halted trains to and from Philadelphia.
Temple University chartered a flight to Hong Kong for its students who wanted to leave its Tokyo campus.
Temple University is making plans to evacuate all of its American students in Japan who would like to leave.