No, it's not a myth. Tom Jennemann wrote about it in the Hoboken Reporter three years ago (see link below), and as we enter the worst two months of hurricane season again, it's worth looking at.
September 14-18 will be the 10th anniversary of destructive Hurricane Floyd, which caused massive flooding in many New Jersey towns.
Hurricane Gloria in late September, 1984 made landfall in Long Island and Connecticut. Several other storms were hyped in the last two decades but ended up having minimal impact by the time they reached the Garden State.
According to Wikipedia, most hurricanes that impact New Jersey do so in August and September.
Tom Jennemann's article noted:
"Much of Hoboken is only a few feet above sea level, so the streets would be flooded if a hurricane hit our area directly. Such a hit could bring a 10- to 30-foot storm surge that could climb two stories in Hoboken and put the streets, except near Castle Point, under water.
According to the New York City Office of Emergency Management, a major hurricane hits the New York City/ Northern New Jersey area about once every 90 years.
The last big one was the 1938 "Long Island Express," which killed hundreds of people and left 63,000 people homeless. Its center came ashore on Long Island, about 75 miles east of New York City.
While hurricanes that make landfall in the northeast are certainly rarer than those that hit Florida, there are several major disadvantages for the New York/New Jersey area...
Read more HERE.