Stormy Tuesday: Heavy Rainfall, Wind, Possible Flooding, Tornado Watch From Tropical Storm Isaias

thunderstorm Tropical Storm Isaias is coming to New Jersey today and expected to create hazardous weather. A tropical storm warning and flash flood watch is in effect through late Tuesday night; there is a tornado watch until 4 p.m. Tuesday for Essex County and surrounding areas, according to the National Weather Service.

According to PSE&G, the latest projections for Tropical Storm Isaias show that the storm has been escalating in strength and has the potential to cause a significant number of power outages. PSE&G anticipates that this storm may be one of the strongest to reach New Jersey in years and some outages could last for an extended period.

Avoid driving during the storm but if you are out, remember never drive through a flooded roadway. Locally, be wary of areas prone to flooding, such as Grove Street, near the Clifton border and under the Watchung Avenue train trestle leading to Park Street.

If you haven’t already:

  • Remove and store any outdoor furniture, flags and/or patio umbrellas.
  • Make sure you have alternative light sources such as flashlights in the event of power loss to your home.
  • Charge all electronic equipment as well as your cell phone.
  • Make additional ice for your freezer in the event of power loss. Freezing bottle of water will also help to retain the coolness in your freezer/refrigerator.

PSE&G says you can be prepared to use any of these methods to report and track an outage:

Download the PSE&G mobile app.
Text OUT or STAT to 4PSEG (47734) to manage an outage by text.
Visit our Outage Center to report an outage and view our Outage Map.
Call 1-800-436-7734 for electric emergencies, including downed wires.

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