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Posted Tuesday, August 4th, 2020

Morris County Office of Emergency Management regarding Tropical Storm Isaias.

Rain: We are currently experiencing a rain event which has been heavy at times.

The forecast data suggests that we may experience some thunderstorms this morning and afternoon, with an anticipated conclusion early this evening, as Isaias exits towards the north-northeast. The previously released rainfall amounts of 3-6″ remain as part of the current forecast data with some localized higher amounts possible further west.

Wind: The weather data suggests that winds will increase towards midday and afternoon, with gusts to 55-60 mph possible. Sustained winds of 18-34 mph will also remain possible through the midday and afternoon hours before decreasing after 5-6 pm. Peak wind timing is estimated between 12:00-6:00pm. Isaias is expected to push north after 6:00pm, with some additional chances for isolated to scattered showers from about 8:00pm until approximately midnight.

Please use extreme caution when driving on the wet roads. The increased rain can result in drivers easily losing control of their vehicle. Hydroplaning happens when the water in front of your tires builds up faster than your car’s weight can push it out of the way. The water pressure causes your car to rise up and slide on a thin layer of water between your tires and ultimately the inability to control your vehicle. We encourage you to adjust your travel times, decrease your speed and drive consistent with the road conditions. Safety should be your number one priority!

We would also ask that the public NOT call 9-1-1 for power related issues unless it is a TRUE EMERGENCY. In addition, the 9-1-1 system should not be used for any other non-emergent calls. We want to make sure that our 9-1-1 operators are able to focus on true storm emergencies and we ask that the public cooperate in this regard.

  • Please make sure you take care of your animals and don’t put them outside when storm conditions are significant and potentially dangerous.
  • Please check on the elderly and those with special needs pre-storm to make sure they have adequate supplies and that they have a plan in the event that power is out.
  • We highly suggest that lawn and deck furniture as well as other items that could easily be impacted by the wind be significantly secured and/or removed.

Potential Power Outage Information (JCP&L):

  • We have been in contact with our partners at Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) and they are closely monitoring this storm.
  • In the event that power outages occur due to severe weather, customers without power are encouraged to report their outage by calling 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877), clicking the “Report Outage” link on, or texting “OUT” to 544487.
  • Customers should immediately report downed wires to 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) or call their local police department. JCP&L reminds customers to stay away from downed wires, even if they believe they are no longer carrying electricity. Downed trees may create road hazards, and may be entangled with power lines. Extreme caution should be used. Motorists are cautioned to treat intersections with inoperable traffic signals as four-way stops.
  • JCP&L customers can subscribe to email and text message alert notifications to receive weather updates in advance of major storms and updates on scheduled or extended power outages. Visit to enroll.
  • Follow JCP&L on Twitter @JCP_L, on Facebook at or online at

Stay safe!