By Jericka Duncan

ATLANTIC COUNTY, N.J. (CBS) – In Avalon, New Jersey, officials say the rain and powerful winds are the main concerns. Last month crews finished a beach fill project that will protect against flooding.

“Beaches are our economic engine,” said Avalon’s Public Information Officer Scott Wahl. “They’re really an investment at any place at the shore, but more importantly they’re the first brunt against any coastal storm.”

The beach and streets were practically empty Friday afternoon.

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John Kauterman, who was inside a restaurant, says he can’t wait to hit the waves. He’s a surfer, who has been tracking the storm.

“Preferably when the winds go NW, it has a cleaning effect on the ocean kind of manicures it, makes the waves really good for surfing,” said Kauterman.

In Margate, New Jersey, the waves are crashing closer to the beach. These conditions don’t bother Dennis Macgrogan. He’s lived in Margate for 35 years and says after experiencing Sandy, there’s no need worry.

“Expect the worst, hope for the best,” he said.

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