EAST HANOVER, NJ- The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm watch from Saturday into Sunday as Hurricane Hermine turns into a category one hurricane near the northeast Gulf of Mexico.

Although the brunt of the storm is expected to hit the mid-Atlantic coast including parts of Delaware and coastal New Jersey, East Hanover and Florham Park residents should plan their holiday weekends accordingly as Morris County is considered to be a part of the projected target area. Hurricane Hermine is expected to be the fourth hurricane of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

For those staying local this weekend, expect approximately half an inch of rain. However, anyone looking to celebrate at the beach can expect anywhere from two to four inches. The National Weather Service encourages individuals to be aware of quicker currents in rivers and tributaries, overflowing streams and creeks, rapid ponding in poor drainage areas and possibly brief road and bridge closures. Although the impact is not expected to be high in Morris County, residents heading down the shore must be prepared for strong rip tides, flooding and hazardous wind. Debris could also result in blocked roadways.

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The following precautionary tips are available for all:

  • Be prepared with an emergency plan.
  • Secure your home, business and any outdoor items.
  • Stock your emergency supplies kit and have it ready.
  • If your house is particularly vulnerable to flooding, whether it is near a body of water or in a low lying or poor drainage area, be aware of shelters to move to on higher ground.
  • If you are staying at a hotel, ask the management staff about their on site disaster plan.
  • Closely monitor local news outlets for updated storm information and any changes to the forecast. 

Additional sources of information can be found at ready.gov, getagameplan.org and redcross.org.