HOBOKEN, NJ - Residents and officials seem to be taking Isaias seriously, as calls for flooding and high winds Tuesday afternoon and evening have Hobokenites battening down the hatches. A number of serious flooding incidents in July have people in this low-lying, heavily developed city—built on reclaimed marshlands at the mouth of the Hudson River by the base of the Palisades—taking proactive measures to minimize the impact of whatever this storm will bring.
The storm made landfall in the Carolinas late last night as a Category 1 Hurricane, but has since been downgraded to a Tropical Storm. Winds are already picking up in the area, and stormier conditions are set to follow as Tuesday progresses.
Streets historically prone to flooding are now more or less empty of cars, as residents have taken advantage of the warnings to move their vehicles to parking lots, or at least to higher ground. Metered parking has been suspended along Washington Street for Tuesday, and street cleaning has been suspended citywide. Both are currently scheduled to resume Wednesday.
Travel restrictions are currently in place until 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, in the hope that residents will limit their travel leading up to the storm and allow for preparations to continue. From 5:00 p.m. Tuesday until 5:00 a.m. Wednesday, a strict roadway ban will be in place—only first responders and essential workers will be allowed on the roads during these times, which should be the peak of the storm.
In both Hoboken and Jersey City, municipal workers have deployed barricades to over 30 locations citywide to divert traffic around identified flood prone areas. Crews have also been out cleaning catch basins to maintain proper drainage.
Isaias is currently expected to bring sustained 40-50 mph winds and 3-6 inches of rainfall Tuesday afternoon and evening. Residents should report downed wires or power outages by calling PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG (7734).
Residents are asked to stay sheltered during the peak impacts of the storm. In addition to the rain and wind, Hudson County has been put under a tornado watch as the system leads to unsettled weather regionwide.
Outdoor dining and fitness is suspended for Tuesday. Residents and businesses are advised to secure all loose outdoor items, and people should stay indoors during the storm. With the potential for heavy flooding and power outages, residents should make preparations to have water and food for at least 72 hours. Keep flashlights and batteries handy as well.
Any businesses or residential properties on ground or basement levels should utilize any deployable flood protection measures including sand bags, if available, to mitigate potential flood damage.
Hurricane season in the North Atlantic officially runs from June 1 through November 30—every year.
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