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High Wind Warning in Effect Until 4 p.m., Then Flood Watch

The National Weather Service in Mt. Holly has issued a high wind warning for Mercer County until 4 p.m. Monday. Wind gusts up to 65 miles per hour are possible.

A flood watch remains in effect from 4 p.m. this afternoon through late tonight. A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
current forecasts.

5:30 p.m. update: Dutchtown-Zion Road is closed between Hillsborough andMontgomery due to downed wires and trees, officials said.

The Newark Air Train monorail is suspended due weather conditions. Substitute busing is being provided to/from the EWR station and all the airport terminals.

The South Brunswick School District has cancelled all after-school activities for Monday due to the weather. Trees fell on wires in South Brunswick early Monday morning because of the storm, causing power outages in the Dayton area.

Gale-force winds and rain are in the forecast for today into tomorrow. The strongest winds are expected Monday afternoon. Flying debris, downed trees and power lines, some flooding and power outages are all possible, with 50 mph winds and the ground already saturated.

Police ask that you stay off the roads if possible during the storm and do not cross moving water or police barriers. Remember: Turn around, don’t drown.

Report power outages to PSE&G by calling 1-800-436-7734.

Some ways you can prepare:

– Remove or secure all outside materials that may become airborne during high wind gusts.

– Fill up gas tanks and keep a blanket, flashlight and emergency kit in your car.

-Keep cell phones charged and flashlights handy in the event of a power outage.

-If you own a generator, check that it is in working order now. Make sure it is properly ventilated when in use.

– Power outage preparation may include storing potable water, and keeping batteries, food, medications and other needed supplies on hand.

See the National Weather Service’s “Before, During and After Winter Storms” pages here.

Krystal Knapp

Krystal Knapp is the founding editor of Planet Princeton. She can be reached via email at editor AT planetprinceton.com. Send all letters to the editor and press releases to that email address.

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