Posted Thursday, March 1st, 2018

The Morris County Office of Emergency Management is currently monitoring the powerful coastal storm that will impact northern New Jersey.

OEM logoMorris County is currently under a Hazardous Weather Outlook which includes a Flood Watch in effect from late tonight through late Friday evening. In addition, a High Wind Watch will be in effect from Friday morning through Saturday morning.

The forecast data suggests that rain will move into our area late this afternoon/evening. It will become steady overnight and persist through Friday evening. Rainfall amounts of 1.5 to 2.5 inches are possible, which could lead to flooding issues in some areas.

With already saturated grounds across the county, our flooding risk for Friday afternoon has been elevated.

In addition, we may also see a change from rain to wet snow in some areas. We also may face some issues on Friday, with strong winds coming from the north at 20-30 mph, and gusts reaching 45-50 mph. Wind will remain strong into Saturday which will have the potential for downed trees and power lines.

The county Office of Emergency Management has been in touch with representatives from Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L). They are closely monitoring this coastal storm and are prepared to activate the Storm Restoration Plan, should power outages occur.

To report outages customers may call 1-888-LIGHTSS (888-544-4877), go to www.jcp-l.com, or click the “Report Outage” link on www.firstenergycorp.com.