PLAINFIELD, NJ – The National Weather Service has placed Northeast New Jersey under a high wind warning and flood watch from tomorrow, Monday, Jan. 23, to Tuesday, Jan. 24.
High wind warning is in effect from 1 a.m. Monday to 1 a.m. Tuesday, with winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts from 60 to 70 mph. The National Weather Service predicts that winds could gust as high as 45 mph before daybreak Monday, but the strongest winds are expected in the afternoon and evening.
These damaging winds have the capacity of blowing down trees and power lines. Numerous power outages are expected, and travel will be difficult, especially travel on elevated roadways and bridges.
A flood watch is in effect from Monday afternoon through late Monday night with heavy rain expected. Rainfall amounts of one to three inches with higher amounts close to four inches are expected along the coast. If the higher rainfall amounts occur, there will be moderate, urban, and minor small stream flooding.
A coastal flood advisory is in effect from 3 to 9 p.m. Monday.
Some tips from PSE&G that were sent in an email to customers include:
- Be cautious, stay alert to your surroundings and prepare your home for high winds, securing outdoor objects.
- Downed wires should always be considered “live.” Don't approach or drive over a downed line, do not touch anything it might be in contact with. If a wire falls on/near your car, stay inside the car, call 911, and do not get out until PSE&G de- energizes the line. If you MUST get out of the vehicle because it is on fire, jump as far as possible away from the vehicle, with both feet landing on the ground at the same time, and hop or shuffle away.
- To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, do not run any gasoline powered engine, like generators/snowblowers, in a garage or other enclosed space.
- To report downed wires or power outages, call PSE&G's Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG.