CAMDEN, NJ — Both a flash flood warning and a tornado watch are in effect in Camden County, with intense winds and downpour from Tropical Storm Isaias beginning in earnest this morning.  

Isaias made landfall Monday night in the Carolinas and is forecasted to hit peaks of 75 mph winds and heavy rain in New Jersey, which is currently in a state of emergency. The tropical storm is expected to cause flooding in low-lying areas, fallen power lines and hazardous road conditions. 

In a series of live online updates, Mayor Frank Moran said Camden will be hit by the brunt of the storm between 10:30 a.m. through 6 p.m. — with gale-force winds reaching 50 mph in the city. 

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“Please, put away any loose chairs, patio sets, umbrellas… They can become projectiles and really do some damage,” said Moran this morning. 

In preparing for the storm, Camden Department of Public Works (DPW) has crews ready to clear stormwater inlets and respond to damage. Residents can report damage to a 24-hour hotline at 856-757-7034 or 856-757-7200. You can also email publicworks@ci.camden.nj.us.

“We’re asking if you have an opportunity and you have an inlet in front of your house, keep an eye on it,” Moran continued. “If it happens to start to flood, if you can and be helpful to the city please go out there and scrape it with a rake, shovel or broom for that matter, but also you can report it to us.”

Gov. Phil Murphy gave his own series of updates this morning.

“This is the first named storm to directly impact us this season, and we believe we’re ready for it,” he said.

His office Tweeted in conjunction to the press conference: “If you are out on our roads and come across a flooded section, do not attempt to cross it. Turn around, don’t drown… Especially with the flash-flood watches in effect, some flooded streets may have currents swift enough to wash a car into them.”

The governor also advised anyone who encounters a downed power line to not attempt to drive over it, and to immediately contact emergency services.

Camden County has provided the following phone resources:

  1. PSE&G: 1-800-436-PSEG (7734)
  2. PSE&G website: http://pseg.com/home/customer_service/outage_info/index.jsp
  3. Atlantic City Electric: 1-800-833-7476
  4. Atlantic City Electric website: http://www.atlanticcityelectric.com/home/
  5. South Jersey Gas: 1-800-582-7060
  6. South Jersey Gas website: http://southjerseygas.com/

Moran, who spoke to residents in both English and Spanish in his updates, said he will have more developments as the storm continues. 

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