Isaias traffic, power, closings: Emergency info in this intense storm
The bad news: New Jersey is being hit Tuesday by a storm that could cause several feet of flooding in some areas, and wind gusts in excess of 7 p.m. The storm, Isaias, had been upgraded to hurricane status Monday night as it climbed the East Coast, but by Tuesday morning was once again considered a tropical storm.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and BPU President Joseph L. Fiordaliso warned Tuesday the state could see hundreds of thousands of power outages, possibly for extended times.
As of Tuesday morning, a Tornado Watch covered all 21 counties of New Jersey, until noon in the southern end of the state, and 4 p.m. in most of the rest. Tornado watches, suggesting a more imminent threat, were briefly issued in some regions.
The Associated Press reported by mid-morning that tornadoes had been confirmed in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware and New Jersey.
Here's what you'll need to know all day long:
WEATHER: Keep an eye on Chief Meteorologist Dan Zarrow's blog on 973ESPN.com and the app. Unlike some weather forecasters, Dan's not about to hype news he's not sure of. He'll tell you what he knows, what he does't, and why — there's no better way to keep on top of the storm as it develops.
TRAFFIC AND ROADS: The New Jersey Department of Transportation issues alerts through 511nj.org.
POWER: PSE&G customers: See PSE&G's power map for outages and report downed trees, gas leaks, other emergencies or outages to 800-436-PSEG. JCP&L customers: See JCP&L's map for outages. Call in issues to 888-LIGHTSS or report your outage online. Atlantic City Electric customers: See Atlantic City Electric's map or call 800-833-7476 for any issues.
COMMUNITY ALERTS: Many New Jersey towns use the Nixle system to send alerts. Many others use Everbridge. Check those services and your municipal website, for more information. Several municipalities, schools and police departments also post frequently to their own Facebook pages and Twitter accounts.
USING A GENERATOR? Here's how to keep safe. Carbon monoxide poisoning caused five New Jersey deaths in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy — we don't want to be reporting on any after this storm.
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