NEW JERSEY - A State of Emergency has been declared by Gov. Phil Murphy for Hurricane Isaias, and the expected rain and winds have forced the New Brunswick school district to postpone today's scheduled meal distribution for students.

The district provides enough meals on Tuesdays to last through Thursday. The district also distributes meals on Fridays to last students until the following Tuesday.

Today's scheduled distribution has been pushed back to Wednesday, Aug. 4.

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The district asks that each family only send one or two members to pick up the meals to ensure social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pickup times are 10 a.m. to noon at Alice Jennings Archibald Park (located by McKinley Community School), 268 Baldwin St.(New Brunswick Adult Learning Center), Murphy Park (located by Woodrow Wilson Elementary School) and Feaster Park (located by Paul Robeson Community School for the Arts).

Gov. Murphy is urging motorists to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary. All state offices will be closed on Tuesday and only essential employees should report to work.

"If you must drive, take it slow, use caution and leave extra time to get to your destination", Murphy said in a tweet Monday evening.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook and a Flash Flood Watch for Middlesex County through this evening. Heavy rain associated with Tropical Cyclone Isaias is expected to continue through the day Tuesday. Widespread amounts of 3 to 6 inches are forecast with locally higher totals possible. The greatest totals are forecast near and especially west of the I-95 corridor.

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