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Posted Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

The Morris County Office of Emergency Management is closely monitoring the excessive heat advisory, severe storm warning, and potential for flash flooding that is expected to impact our area later this evening into tomorrow, as well as over the course of the next few days.Morris Weather Advisory: Severe Storms and Excessive-Dangerous Heat

Severe thunder storms with strong damaging winds will be a primary hazard in our area later this evening. Storms may turn severe, especially between 6 p.m. to midnight, with damaging wind gusts of 40-to-60 MPH. Storms could produce several inches of rain with a 50 percent chance of flash flooding.

Additional storms are expected during the day Thursday. These storms will not be severe but could produce another .50- to-1.5-inches of rain with some flooding possible, especially in the afternoon.

Heat will be the primary concern from Friday through Sunday, with high temperatures expected to be in the low-to-mid 90s on Friday and mid-to-upper 90s on Saturday and Sunday. Heat index values will peak in the 100-to-110 degrees each of those days. If you need re;lief from the heat, check out cooling centers across Morris County.

Morris Weather Advisory: Severe Storms and Excessive-Dangerous HeatThis level of heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure. We encourage residents to check on elderly family members and neighbors during this time period. Please do not leave children, adults, or animals in vehicles.

Check with your local/municipal Office of Emergency Management or call NJ-211 to find places in your community where you can keep cool.

If you have not already done so, please take the time to register with Smart 911 – A free emergency call service available to Morris County residents that gives first responders key information about you and your family members during an emergency.

The National Weather Service has the following hazardous weather conditions currently in effect for our area:

  • Hazardous Weather Outlook
  • Flash Flood Watch in effect from July 17, 2 p.m. until July 18, 1 a.m.
  • Prolonged, excessive period of heat in effect through the weekend.

We will continue to monitor the weather and post updates as they are needed.

Stay cool and be safe!