FROM HUNTERDON EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT Tropical Storm Hermine #1

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The Hunterdon County Division of Emergency Management continues to monitor the track of Tropical Storm Hermine and the potential impacts that could be brought to the Hunterdon County area.  Our staff is in contact with the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, the National Weather Service and other partners.  As information is obtained and reviewed, it is being disseminated to local emergency management officials, first responders and other government agencies to ensure information sharing is consistent among all necessary stakeholders.

 

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the coastal counties of New Jersey.  Additionally, a Local Hurricane Statement has been issued for much of New Jersey.

 

While the exact future track of Hermine remains uncertain the Emergency Management Division has activated tropical weather plans and procedures, and inspected and prepositioned our equipment and resources throughout the county, to allow for rapid deployment, if necessary.

 

Even if Hermine doesn’t bring significant impacts to Hunterdon County, we are urging everyone to review their personal plans for the remainder of Hurricane Season (which ends on November 30th).  Develop a family disaster plan and discuss the types of hazards that could affect your family, home or business.  Stock up on water and non-perishable food items that could last up to five days.  A good rule of thumb is one gallon of water daily per person. If you are medication or use a piece of equipment in the home that is critical to your wellbeing, be sure you have a supply for at least ten days.  In the case of powered equipment, we urge those folks to have a generator or other solution to keep it running.  Post emergency contact information near each phone in your home, and confirm with children that they are familiar with the 9-1-1 system.  Keep in mind banks, ATMs and gas stations are vulnerable to power outages and so it might not be possible to withdraw money or refuel once the impacts of the storm have reached your area.  Keep important documents such as insurance cards, medical records, bank account numbers, birth certificates or social security cards in a waterproof or watertight container or resealable plastic bag.  Planning for pets is also important, ensure proper identification, immunization records, medications are all available; as well as adequate supply of food and water and a cage or carrier.  A muzzle and leash are also important tools to consider.

 

If one is traveling, never attempt to drive across flooded roadways.  We remind everyone not to call 9-1-1 for non-emergent situations.  Power and other utility interruptions should be reported directly to your service provider.   We recommend that the public stay vigilant and monitor the National Weather Service, media and local officials for updates on the developing weather conditions.

 

TROPICAL STORM HERMINE LOCAL STATEMENT ADVISORY NUMBER 20

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ  AL092016

623 AM EDT FRI SEP 2 2016

 

THIS PRODUCT COVERS NEW JERSEY…DELAWARE…SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA AND NORTHEAST MARYLAND.

 

**TROPICAL STORM HERMINE WILL IMPACT THE REGION OVER LABOR DAY WEEKEND AND POSSIBLY INTO THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK**

 

NEW INFORMATION

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* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:

– NONE

 

* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:

– A TROPICAL STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR INLAND

SUSSEX…DELAWARE BEACHES…WESTERN MONMOUTH…EASTERN

MONMOUTH…OCEAN…ATLANTIC…CAPE MAY…ATLANTIC COASTAL CAPE

MAY…COASTAL ATLANTIC…COASTAL OCEAN AND SOUTHEASTERN

BURLINGTON

 

* STORM INFORMATION:

– ABOUT 780 MILES SOUTHWEST OF ATLANTIC CITY NJ OR ABOUT 730

MILES SOUTHWEST OF DOVER DE

– 30.8N 83.6W

– STORM INTENSITY 70 MPH

– MOVEMENT NORTH-NORTHEAST OR 25 DEGREES AT 14 MPH

 

SITUATION OVERVIEW

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HERMINE MADE LANDFALL IN FLORIDA LAST NIGHT AND HAS WEAKENED. AS A RESULT,

IT HAS BEEN DOWNGRADED TO A TROPICAL STORM. HERMINE IS EXPECTED TO MOVE

NORTHEASTWARD INTO THE CAROLINAS ON SATURDAY AND OFF THE MID-ATLANTIC COAST

SATURDAY NIGHT. THE STORM IS THEN EXPECTED TO STALL OFF THE COAST SUNDAY AND

MONDAY BEFORE GRADUALLY MOVING AWAY FROM THE AREA DURING THE MIDDLE

OF NEXT WEEK.

 

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS OF THE MID-

ATLANTIC COAST INCLUDING SOUTHERN DELAWARE AND COASTAL NEW JERSEY FROM

CAPE MAY TO SANDY HOOK. THIS WATCH ALSO INCLUDES COASTAL WATERS AND

THE LOWER DELAWARE BAY. SUSTAINED TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS ARE

POSSIBLE OVER IMMEDIATE COASTAL AREAS INCLUDING COASTAL WATERS AND

TOWARD THE LOWER DELAWARE BAY. SOME TROPICAL STORM FORCE GUSTS ARE

POSSIBLE FARTHER INLAND.

 

HAZARDOUS SEAS AND DANGEROUSLY ROUGH SURF CAN BE EXPECTED

THROUGHOUT THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND AND POSSIBLY INTO THE MIDDLE OF NEXT

WEEK. A MODERATE TO HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK CAN BE EXPECTED AT THE

BEACHES DURING THIS TIME.

 

MINOR TO MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING IS POSSIBLE AROUND THE TIMES OF

HIGH TIDE FROM LATE SATURDAY ONWARD. SOME LOCALIZED MAJOR COASTAL

FLOODING CAN NOT BE RULED OUT, ESPECIALLY IN THE BACK BAYS WHERE

WATER ACCUMULATES WITH EACH SUCCESSIVE HIGH TIDE. THE MAGNITUDE OF

THE COASTAL FLOODING WILL ULTIMATELY DEPEND ON THE PATH AND

STRENGTH OF THE STORM. THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR MORE THAN 2 INCHES

OF RAINFALL. SOME AREAS NEAR THE COAST IN DELAWARE AND SOUTHERN NEW

JERSEY MAY RECEIVE 4 TO 6 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS,

WHICH COULD LEAD TO FLOODING.

 

POTENTIAL IMPACTS

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* WIND:

PREPARE FOR HAZARDOUS WIND HAVING POSSIBLE LIMITED IMPACTS ACROSS NEW

JERSEY…DELAWARE…SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA AND NORTHEAST

MARYLAND.. POTENTIAL IMPACTS INCLUDE:

– DAMAGE TO PORCHES, AWNINGS, CARPORTS, SHEDS, AND UNANCHORED

MOBILE HOMES IS POSSIBLE. UNSECURED LIGHTWEIGHT OBJECTS COULD

BE BLOWN AROUND.

– MANY LARGE TREE LIMBS MAY BE BROKEN OFF. A FEW TREES COULD BE

SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. SOME FENCES AND ROADWAY SIGNS MAY BE BLOWN

OVER.

– A FEW ROADS COULD BE IMPASSABLE FROM DEBRIS. HAZARDOUS DRIVING

CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE ON BRIDGES AND OTHER ELEVATED ROADWAYS.

– SCATTERED POWER AND COMMUNICATIONS OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE.

 

* SURGE:

PREPARE FOR LOCALLY HAZARDOUS SURGE HAVING POSSIBLE LIMITED IMPACTS

ACROSS COASTAL LOCATIONS OR AREAS PRONE TO TIDAL FLOODING, INCLUDING

THE BACK BAYS. POTENTIAL IMPACTS IN THIS AREA INCLUDE:

– LOCALIZED INUNDATION IS POSSIBLE WITH STORM SURGE FLOODING

MAINLY ALONG IMMEDIATE SHORELINES AND IN LOW-LYING SPOTS, OR IN

AREAS FARTHER INLAND NEAR WHERE HIGHER SURGE WATERS MOVE ASHORE.

– SECTIONS OF NEAR-SHORE ROADS AND PARKING LOTS COULD BECOME

OVERSPREAD WITH SURGE WATER. DANGEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS ARE

POSSIBLE IN PLACES WHERE SURGE WATER COVERS THE ROAD.

– MODERATE BEACH EROSION IS EXPECTED. HEAVY SURF ALSO BREACHING

DUNES, MAINLY IN USUALLY VULNERABLE LOCATIONS. STRONG RIP

CURRENTS ARE ANTICIPATED.

– MINOR TO LOCALLY MODERATE DAMAGE TO MARINAS, DOCKS, BOARDWALKS,

AND PIERS IS POSSIBLE. A FEW SMALL CRAFT MAY BE BROKEN AWAY

FROM MOORINGS.

 

THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR TIDAL FLOODING FARTHER UP THE DELAWARE

BAY AND DELAWARE RIVER. SEEMINGLY MINOR SHIFTS TO THE STORM TRACK

COULD LEAD TO CONSIDERABLE CHANGES TO THE COASTAL FLOODING

POTENTIAL. ELSEWHERE ACROSS NEW JERSEY…DELAWARE…SOUTHEASTERN

PENNSYLVANIA AND NORTHEAST MARYLAND., LITTLE TO NO IMPACT IS

ANTICIPATED.

 

* FLOODING RAIN:

PREPARE FOR LOCALLY HAZARDOUS RAINFALL FLOODING HAVING POSSIBLE

LIMITED IMPACTS ACROSS THE COASTAL PLAIN. POTENTIAL

IMPACTS INCLUDE:

– LOCALIZED RAINFALL FLOODING MAY PROMPT A FEW EVACUATIONS.

– RIVERS AND TRIBUTARIES MAY QUICKLY RISE WITH SWIFTER CURRENTS.

SMALL STREAMS, CREEKS, CANALS, AND DITCHES MAY BECOME SWOLLEN

AND OVERFLOW IN SPOTS.

– FLOOD WATERS CAN ENTER A FEW STRUCTURES, ESPECIALLY IN

VULNERABLE SPOTS. RAPID PONDING OF WATER MAY OCCUR AT

UNDERPASSES, LOW-LYING SPOTS, AND POOR DRAINAGE AREAS. SEVERAL

STORM DRAINS AND RETENTION PONDS BECOME NEAR-FULL AND BEGIN TO

OVERFLOW. SOME BRIEF ROAD AND BRIDGE CLOSURES ARE POSSIBLE.

 

ELSEWHERE ACROSS NEW JERSEY…DELAWARE…SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA

AND NORTHEAST MARYLAND., LITTLE TO NO IMPACT IS ANTICIPATED.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

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* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:

NOW IS THE TIME TO CHECK YOUR EMERGENCY PLAN AND TAKE NECESSARY

ACTIONS TO SECURE YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS. DELIBERATE EFFORTS SHOULD BE

UNDERWAY TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. ENSURE THAT YOUR EMERGENCY

SUPPLIES KIT IS STOCKED AND READY.

 

WHEN MAKING SAFETY AND PREPAREDNESS DECISIONS, DO NOT FOCUS ON THE

EXACT FORECAST TRACK AS THERE ARE INHERENT FORECAST UNCERTAINTIES

WHICH MUST BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT.

 

IF YOU LIVE IN A PLACE PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE TO FLOODING, SUCH AS

NEAR THE OCEAN, IN A LOW LYING OR POOR DRAINAGE AREA, IN A VALLEY, OR

NEAR AN ALREADY SWOLLEN RIVER, PLAN TO MOVE TO SAFE SHELTER ON HIGHER

GROUND

 

ALWAYS HEED THE ADVICE OF LOCAL OFFICIALS AND COMPLY WITH ANY ORDERS

THAT ARE ISSUED. DO NOT NEEDLESSLY JEOPARDIZE YOUR LIFE OR THE LIVES

OF OTHERS.

 

WHEN SECURING YOUR PROPERTY, OUTSIDE PREPARATIONS SHOULD BE CONDUCTED

AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BEFORE CONDITIONS DETERIORATE. THE ONSET OF

STRONG GUSTY WINDS AND HEAVY RAIN CAN CAUSE CERTAIN PREPAREDNESS

ACTIVITIES TO BECOME UNSAFE.

 

BE SURE TO LET FRIENDS AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS KNOW OF YOUR

INTENTIONS AND WHEREABOUTS FOR SURVIVING THE STORM. FOR EMERGENCY

PURPOSES, HAVE SOMEONE LOCATED AWAY FROM THE THREATENED AREA SERVE AS

YOUR POINT OF CONTACT. SHARE VITAL CONTACT INFORMATION WITH OTHERS.

KEEP CELL PHONES HANDY AND WELL CHARGED.

 

VISITORS TO THE AREA SHOULD BECOME FAMILIAR WITH NEARBY SURROUNDINGS.

IF YOU ARE A VISITOR, KNOW THE NAME OF THE COUNTY IN WHICH YOU ARE

LOCATED AND WHERE IT IS RELATIVE TO CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS. IF

STAYING AT A HOTEL, ASK THE MANAGEMENT STAFF ABOUT THEIR ONSITE

DISASTER PLAN. LISTEN FOR EVACUATION ORDERS, ESPECIALLY PERTAINING TO

AREA VISITORS.

 

CLOSELY MONITOR NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR OTHER LOCAL NEWS OUTLETS FOR

OFFICIAL STORM INFORMATION. LISTEN FOR POSSIBLE CHANGES TO THE

FORECAST.

 

 

* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:

– FOR INFORMATION ON APPROPRIATE PREPARATIONS SEE READY.GOV

– FOR INFORMATION ON CREATING AN EMERGENCY PLAN SEE GETAGAMEPLAN.ORG

– FOR ADDITIONAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION SEE REDCROSS.ORG

 

NEXT UPDATE

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THE NEXT LOCAL STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER

SERVICE IN MOUNT HOLLY NJ AROUND 11 AM EDT, OR SOONER IF CONDITIONS

WARRANT.