New Jersey was put in a state of panic as officials anticipate heavy rainfall and gusting winds from Tropical Storm Isaias.
A tornado has already been confirmed in Cape May County by the National Weather Service.
— NWS Mount Holly (@NWS_MountHolly) August 4, 2020
A tornado watch has also been put in place for Burlington, Atlantic, Gloucester, Camden, Mercer, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Monmouth, Sussex, Somerset, Warren counties, and Ocean until Tuesday 4p.m.
Incredible runoff from nonstop heavy rain into the Brandywine Creek in Wilmington, DE. These tropical downpours will continue for much of the morning and early afternoon @NBCPhiladelphia pic.twitter.com/Y7ylE3J1eR
— Randy Gyllenhaal (@RandyGyllenhaal) August 4, 2020
Earlier this morning, Governor Phil Murphy said, “According to the forecasters, this is a relatively fast-moving system and should be well on its way out of our neighborhood by later tonight and into tomorrow.”
TORNADO WATCH: In effect until 4 PM. We've already had radar indicated tornadoes this AM in Delaware & Philly. Please stay WEATHER AWARE and have a way to get warnings. Flash flooding another big concern. Stay off roads if you can. Drastically better after 4p. @NBCPhiladelphia pic.twitter.com/dqcplY0cfk
— Steven Sosna (@SteveSosnaNBC) August 4, 2020
State offices have been kept closed and residents have been advised to stay off the roads.
“Please, folks, stay in. Unless you absolutely have to go out, stay in,” urged Murphy.
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) August 4, 2020
Several parts of the state may receive as much as 5 inches of rainfall, and wind speeds of up to 70 miles along the coast are expected.
— Brian Sudol (@sudbri) August 4, 2020
Hundreds of thousands of power outages could occur, explains the Public Utilities Commissioner Joe Fiordaliso. JCP&L reported that close to 78 thousand customers have ben impacted by this noon.
“It all depends on the track of this storm, and it all depends on wind gusts. Wind can be our potential enemy here, which can delay, obviously, restoration,” explained Fiordaliso. “If those winds are at excess of 30 miles per hour, those folks cannot go up into the bucket trucks and try to restore power.”
UPDATE: I am declaring a STATEWIDE STATE OF EMERGENCY for Hurricane Isaias effective at 5:00 AM on Tuesday, August 4, 2020:
☑Do not be on the roads unless absolutely necessary
☑If you MUST drive, take it slow, use caution, and leave extra time to get to your destination pic.twitter.com/mMDUJsPhal
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) August 4, 2020
On account of the strong winds, car-pulled trailers and motorcycles have been banned from the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.