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Posted Monday, August 3rd, 2020

National Weather Service Issues Tropical Storm Warning and Flash Flood Watch

The Morris County Office of Emergency Management is monitoring weather-related information concerning Tropical Storm Isaias. We recognize there may be changes to the forecast over the next 24 hours, and specific timing of the storm may be one of them.Tropical Storm Isaias: Storm Warning and Flash Flood Watch Through Tuesday Night

Current data suggests a few rain showers moving into our area later this evening which will continue into early Tuesday morning. Steadier and heavier rain is expected to begin later Tuesday morning, with impacts Tuesday afternoon into the early evening.

At this time, rain is expected to conclude Tuesday night. Current data suggests rainfall amounts of 3-6” are possible.

Winds are anticipated to increase Tuesday morning, with more significant winds Tuesday afternoon and evening. There may be sustained winds of 35-45 mph with potential gusts of 60-70 mph for a few hours at the peak of the storm.

The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning and flash flood watch, which are in effect from 10pm through Tuesday evening.  

For additional information, listen to NOAA Weather Radio or visit www.weather.gov.

Morris County OEM will virtually activating the county Emergency Operations Center and will work closely with JCP&L and other ESF partners throughout the storm.

Please, do 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 other non-emergent calls. We want to make sure that our 9-1-1 operators can focus on storm emergencies.

Animals: Please make sure you take care of your animals. Do not put them outside when storm conditions are significant and potentially dangerous.

Elderly: 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.

Decks: 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.Tropical Storm Isaias: Storm Warning and Flash Flood Watch Through Tuesday Night

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 www.firstenergycorp.com, 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 www.firstenergycorp.com/connect to enroll.
  • Follow JCP&L on Twitter @JCP_L, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JCPandL or online at www.jcp-l.com.

Stay safe!