Tropical Storm Joaquin is expected to reach New Jersey on Sunday, Oct. 4, based on current storm tracking data. The potential for what the National Weather Service calls “a very high impact weather event” in the region has increased significantly over the past 24 hours.
The track of the storm could change, but emergency management agencies are advising New Jersey residents to be prepared just in case the storm does hit areas of the Garden State.
Power outages, localized flooding and wind damage are possible this
weekend into early next week. Threats include very heavy rainfall, inland river flooding, as well as major coastal flooding with heavy surf and beach erosion, according to the National Weather Service.
Many locations saw one to two inches of rain from Tuesday night’s storm. Additional rainfall amounts over the next seven days of 4 to
10 inches are possible for the region, with some locations seeing higher amounts, according to the National Weather Service. Flash flooding is possible, and some flooding could be severe. Heavy rainfall will impact the region again Thursday night into Friday, along with the risk of inland river flooding and major coastal flooding. The most likely time frame for impacts from Hurricane
Joaquin affecting the region is Sunday into Monday.
Officials suggest that residents make sure power generators are ready, prepared food and bottled water are on hand, and batteries in portable devices and flashlights are charged.
For more tips visit http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes.
Planet Princeton will post updates as the week progresses, and will provide 24-hour storm the coverage residents have come to rely on if the storm reaches our area.