PATERSON, NJ - Paterson is ready for any potential impact Tropical Storm Isaias may bring to the city if forecaster's predictions prove to be true. The storm is expected to arrive Tuesday afternoon and last until Wednesday morning, bringing with it 3-6 inches of rain and high winds. 

Paterson Fire Chief Brian McDermott urged residents to take the storm “seriously” and to be prepared. “Do not be caught by surprise,” he urged, suggesting that phones be charged and vehicles be fully fueled up. McDermott also reminded drivers not to attempt to drivers their vehicles through flooded streets. “Turn around, don’t drown,” he said. 

The city’s emergency operations center will open at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday and remain staffed throughout the duration of the storm, Mayor Andre Sayegh said, adding that “preparation is paramount” and it will be an all hands on deck effort, including DPW, police, and fire, to keep the city safe.

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