Hurricane Joaquin: What You Need to Know

Hurricane Joaquin

Flooding from Hurricane Joaquin, currently Category 4 status, will impact areas from South Carolina to Massachusetts even though the hurricane is unlikely to make landfall in the United States.

Yesterday, Governor Chris Christie  declared a state of emergency as a result of severe weather conditions expected in the coming days.  The National Weather Service says the storm will be downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it hits New Jersey with winds between 39 and 73 mph, very heavy rain, inland river flooding, as well as major coastal flooding with heavy surf and beach erosion.

PSE&G is making preparations for a possible landfall of Hurricane Joaquin in its service area and has requested mutual aid, including 1,500 linemen and 500 tree personnel, from utilities in other parts of the country that are not expected to be affected by the storm.

The utility service encourages residents to have a family emergency plan, prepare an emergency kit, and be ready to communicate:

Formulate a plan

  • Discuss storm safety with your family.
  • How will my family get emergency alerts and warnings?
  • How will my family get to safe locations?
  • How will my household get in touch if cell phone, internet, or landline doesn’t work?
  • How will I let loved ones know I am safe? How will family get to a meeting place after the emergency?
  • Be sure everyone in the family is prepared. Go to to download the PSEG and Sesame Street “Let’s Get Ready!” emergency preparedness app for young children.

Make an emergency kit

  • One gallon of water per person, per day for at least three days
  • At least a three day supply of non-perishable foods and a manual can opener
  • Ensure you have a battery-powered radio and fresh batteries.
  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Consider purchasing a portable gas generator and gas

Stay connected

  • Compile a list of emergency phone numbers, including PSE&G’s Customer Service line 1-800-436-PSEG.
  • Sign up for My Account and bookmark the mobile-friendly homepage on your smart phone to report outages and check restoration progress.
  • Register for MyAlerts ahead of time to receive text notifications about an outage:
  • “Like” PSEG on Facebook and follow PSEG on Twitter @PSEGdelivers.
(Photo: National Weather Service)





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  1. What you need to know is Joaquin is headed out to sea. The damage in the Bahamas, however, is horrific. Sustained hurricane force winds for almost three days. It may go down as the worst storm in the island’s history.

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