Updated at 10:35 p.m.
WESTFIELD, NJ — Effective 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4, a statewide State of Emergency has been declared by Gov. Phil Murphy for Hurricane Isaias.
Do not be on the roads unless absolutely necessary, said Murphy. All State offices will be closed on Tuesday and only essential employees should report to work, he said.
The National Weather Service issued a tropical storm warning for the region. The warning issued at 5:20 a.m. Monday says that winds could reach 58 to 73 mph on Tuesday.
Impacts could include damage to roofing and siding along with porches, awning and carports, according to the Weather Service. Trees may be snapped or uprooted, and some roads may become impassable from large debris, the Weather Service said.
As of 6 a.m., Tropical Storm Isais is moving north at 9 mph off of the north coast of Florida.
“The main threats with this system involve heavy rainfall, strong winds, minor to moderate coastal flooding, along with high surf and dangerous rip currents,” the Weather Service said.
As of Monday morning, a flash flood watch is in effect with 3 to 6 inches of rainfall anticipated to fall, according to the Weather Service.
The Weather Service advised that the “situation is somewhat favorable for tornadoes.”
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