VERONA, NJ – As Hurricane Joaquin is upgraded to a Category 4 hurricane, New Jersey Office of Emergency Management and the Verona Police Department are urging residents to make sure they are prepared should the storm make landfall in New Jersey.   

According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, the storm's trajectory remains uncertain, however it is the first major tropical cyclone to potentially threaten the U.S. northeast since Superstorm Sandy. 

Several computer models showed Joaquin approaching the coast of the Carolinas by the weekend, then losing strength as it moves offshore past Delaware and New Jersey early next week to head toward Long Island and New England.

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A European model, that has often proved unreliable, indicated the storm may cut a path out to sea, but Governor Chris Christie is taking no chances, declaring a State of Emergency ahead of the storm and saying he will consider evacuations, if necessary.   In addition to Hurricane Joaquin’s approach, another storm system is predicted to hit New Jersey this weekend according to the National Weather Service bringing heavy rains and potential flooding.

Verona Police recommend the following steps to ensure residents are prepared.

  • Make sure all generators are in good working order
  • All gas cans are filled and ready in the event of a power outage
  • Flashlights or lanterns are all in working order with extra batteries on hand.
  • Bottled water and non-perishable food is available
  • Vehicles should be topped off with fuel.
  • Cell phones are charged and car chargers working in case of power loss.
  • Make sure all prescriptions are filled.

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