Update as of August 4 at 12:15 a.m.: Late on the night of August 3, the storm strengthened into a Hurricane and made landfall in North Carolina.

WESTFIELD, NJ — The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning for the region. The warning issued at 5:20 a.m. Monday says that winds could reach 58 to 73 mph on Tuesday. The City of Summit, in anticipation of the storm's arrival, has today issued a list of preparedness guidelines for Hilltop City residents.

As of 6 a.m., is moving north at 9 mph off of the north coast of Florida. Impacts could include damage to roofing and siding along with porches, awning and carports, according to the Weather Service. Trees may be snapped or uprooted, and some roads may become impassable from large debris, the Weather Service said.

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“The main threats with this system involve heavy rainfall, strong winds, minor to moderate coastal flooding, along with high surf and dangerous rip currents,” the Weather Service said.

As of Monday morning, a flash flood watch is in effect with 3 to 6 inches of rainfall anticipated, according to the Weather Service.

The Weather Service advised that the “situation is somewhat favorable for tornadoes.”

The City of Summit has advised residents to secure outdoor items in yards and take extra precaution, especially if they live in flood prone areas.

Citizens are further advised to stay away from downed power lines, and assume they are live and dangerous. To report a loss of power to JCP&L, call 888-544-4877, text 544487 or visit firstenergycorp.com/outages_help/Report_Power_Outages.

All resident are reminded to be prepared and have supplies ready. For information on how to build an emergency kit and plan, visit ready.gov/kit.

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • One gallon of water per person, per day for at least three days
  • A three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Disinfecting wipes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Editor's note: partial reporting for this article was supplied by TAPinto Westfield Staff.