Posted Tuesday, August 4th, 2020
The Morris County Library has closed today at 1 p.m. for all services, including the pick-up and drop-off of library materials that was instituted due to the COVID-19 crisis. The closure is due to Tropical Storm Isaias.
Emergency management officials have cautioned that many roads are impassable and have cautioned residents not to drive for the next several hours.
Expect Strongest Winds from 1-5 p.m.
We have already seen an increase in call volume at the county’s 9-1-1 Communications Center with many reports of trees and wires down, with power outages in the Morris Township and Morristown areas, among others.
Many roads are impassable. Authorities suggest that residents stay off the roads until they are safe and the storm passes.
Morris County OEM has held a conference call with the National Weather Service (Mt. Holly) and New Jersey State Police Office of Emergency Management. At the time of the call, the storm was 70 miles southwest of Philadelphia, traveling north-to-northeast towards Trenton. Winds continue to be a statewide concern with gusts reaching 50-60 MPH across the state.
A Tornado Watch is in effect until 4 p.m. We are expecting additional rainfall which likely will result in some flooding concerns.
The most significant area of concern will be from 1-5 p.m. as the storm passes through Morris County and we experience our strongest wind gusts in this area.
The Morris County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is active and we will continue to monitor the incoming data.