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New Jersey Weather Report: Tornado Warning Confirmed for Cape May County, Isaias

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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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.”

On account of the strong winds, car-pulled trailers and motorcycles have been banned from the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.

 

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