MORRISTOWN, NJ - As Tropical Storm Isaias moves into the area, the National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch from 7:20am until 4pm. A flash flood watch also remains in effect until midnight.
Weather models now show the hurricane merging with an approaching front on its path to New Jersey, a process that will enable the storm to maintain its strength throughout the day Tuesday. This will make Isaias a potentially dangerous storm, with a wind field approaching that of a hurricane even while a tropical storm over the tri-state area, stated Dr. Daniel J. Ciarletta, a graduate from the Environmental Science and Management program at Montclair State University and TAPinto contributor.
Over the next several hours, the center of the storm will move across New Jersey, roughly following the path of the Turnpike and reaching the New York border by 6:00 p.m. For areas under the storm’s western flank, flooding will be the primary concern, with the storm dropping as much as 4 to 6 inches of rain. For locations under the eastern flank, including most areas within 20 miles of New York City and points along the Jersey Shore, the major concern will be high winds. Gusts along some parts the coast will likely exceed hurricane force (74+ mph), with the European weather model suggesting maximum gusts of 90 mph near Sandy Hook, said Dr. Cialetta.
The Governor of New Jersey has issued a statewide state of emergency beginning at 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, and drivers are encouraged to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.
The public is asked to not call 9-1-1 for power related issues unless its a true emergency. In the event of power loss or downed wires, report the incident to JCP&L at 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877), clicking the “Report Outage” link on www.firstenergycorp.com, or texting “OUT” to 544487.
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