Governor Chris Christie has declared a State of Emergency for New Jersey ahead of the threat of Hurricane Joaquin.

In a press conference this morning Christie urges Garden State residents to prepare themselves, saying, "We know there is definitely going to be moderate and likely to be major flooding events in South Jersey Friday and Saturday with 5 to 6 inches of rainfall expected to come".

The focus right now is on Salem, Cumberland, Atlantic and Cape May counties. The Governor will consider evacuations, if they're warranted, and that emergency shelters will be in place.

Coastal flood warnings and watches are in effect as more rain arrives.

Watch the latest on Hurricane Joaquin's path: