Prince Harry to see storm damage areas of New Jersey before visiting New York
Britain's Prince Harry is headed to the New Jersey shore to visit two communities hard hit by Superstorm Sandy. From there he'll travel to New York City to promote British trade and a community baseball program.
With New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as his tour guide, Prince Harry is scheduled to stop Tuesday morning in the towns of Mantoloking and Seaside Heights on a slender barrier island along the Atlantic Ocean.
Every one of Mantoloking's 521 homes was damaged or destroyed by Sandy last October, and scores of homes remain piles of rubble. Residents of the wealthy community, largely a summer retreat, were not allowed to move back until February. The prince is scheduled to walk down a road along the Barnegat Bay side where many houses were obliterated.
In Seaside Heights, which was the home to MTV's reality show "Jersey Shore," the prince will see a famous image from the storm: a roller coaster that plunged off an amusement pier and into the ocean. Its demolition is scheduled to begin several hours after his visit concludes.
He'll also get to see the community's rebuilt boardwalk, which is about two-thirds complete. New Jersey sustained about $37 billion worth of damage from the storm. Prince Harry is visiting two of the communities that took the worst pummeling by Sandy's storm surge.
About 360,000 homes or apartment units in New Jersey were damaged by the storm. In New York, the prince will attend an afternoon event promoting British trade. He's then due to throw a pitch to promote a community baseball program involving a new partnership with the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
The foundation bills itself as the culmination of the charity lives of Prince Harry and his brother and sister-in-law, Prince William and Kate. On Tuesday evening, the prince is the honored guest at a Manhattan fundraiser for the foundation.
Before leaving the country, Prince Harry travels Wednesday to Greenwich, Conn., to captain a polo team as part of the Sentebale Polo Cup. The prince began a weeklong visit to the U.S. on May 9.