HACKENSACK, N.J. — As Tropical Storm Isaias makes landfall tonight in the Carolinas, the National Weather Service is issuing a flash flood watch for Eastern Bergen County, in effect from Tuesday morning through late Tuesday evening.
Isaias, located off the north Florida coast, is scheduled to make landfall tonight in the Carolinas carrying a “dangerous storm surge” along with flash flooding, damaging winds, and isolated tropical tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service. These impacts will reverberate all along the East Coast through the middle of this week.
In Eastern Bergen County, Hackensack, East Rutherford, and River Vale are listed as affected areas.
Rain showers and embedded thunderstorms are expected Tuesday into the night, bringing with it between 2 to 4 inches of rain, and locally higher amounts up to 6 inches. Torrential downpours will result in excessive runoff and flash flooding in low-lying, urban and poor drainage areas. Heavy rains may cause smaller streams and rivers to exceed their banks.
Locally, winds will peak at 45 miles per hour with gusts up to 65 mph, leaving the potential for downed trees and power outages. The National Weather Service reports that bridges, causeways and access routes will be impassable. The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management is asking residents to move vehicles to a higher ground and avoid attempting to drive through flooded roads. Loose items in backyards, such as tables and chairs, should also be secured in preparation for Tuesday's rain event.
The effects from Tropical Storm Isaias are expected to diminish by Wednesday morning.