HACKENSACK, N.J. — As the region begins seeing the first round of rain from Tropical Storm Isaias this morning, which the National Weather Service announced a flash flood watch for Eastern Bergen County, the City of Hackensack is prepared. 

Barricades have been placed throughout the city by the Department of Public Works at all flood-prone streets, Captain Darrin DeWitt said Tuesday. Increased manpower with the police department’s Patrol Division are on hand, as well as additional police officers to assist with the storm’s aftermath that will result in stranded motorists and power outages from the predicted heavy winds and up to 6 inches of rain expected later this afternoon.

Downed wires and trees and traffic signal outages are also anticipated from today's storm, DeWitt said.  

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Humvees are also on standby to rescue residents who are stranded in their vehicles in floodwaters. 

Motorists are being asked to stay out of low-lying areas and avoid attempting to drive through flooded streets to avert the risk of getting stranded. 

A flash flood watch is in effect until early Wednesday morning.