The first summer season’s hurricane is forecast to affect New Jersey with a torrential amount of rain for the Fourth of July. Arthur has gained strength to an official Category 1 hurricane early this morning, according to Fox News reports. The hurricane’s path is expected to reach and pass over the North Carolina coast.
There is a possibility that Arthur may gain enough strength – beyond 90 mph winds as it hits the coast of North Carolina tonight into Friday morning hours – to reach a potential Category 2 storm. Governor Pat McCrory has declared a state of emergency along with announcement of Dare County officials to complete mandatory evacuation at Hatteras Island before the storm’s fury reaches full force. According to NJ.com, the storm will move north into New Jersey State but it is not expected to make landfall.
New Jersey will be drenched with a considerable amount of heavy rainfall and strong wind conditions beginning Thursday afternoon and into Friday’s Independence Day celebration. At the rate of rain downpour mixed with high wind conditions, flooding, downed trees and wires are expected to keep utility crew staff inundated with emergency calls during this time.
For New Jersey residents, keep your local utility company number readily accessible in case of downed wires or if you smell gas or if gas leaks are suspected during the storm; a list of utility companies are listed here.
It is recommended to prepare a hurricane kit during hurricane season. Have in your supplies, working flashlights, extra batteries, containers filled with fresh water, food cans with pop up tabs, trail mix/bars, toiletry and a first-aid kit.
Also, place all yard supplies, furniture and potted plants inside the home or shed to prevent them from causing outside property damage due to projectile motion as a result of the forced wind.
It is encouraged to register on-line with Nixle Connect at www.nixie.com. This will allow instant notification via text/SMS, email and internet posts by the New Jersey State Police and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) to send emergency awareness messages to the public. You may also register by sending a text message using your phone with your zip code to 888777 to receive their messages.
Hurricane Arthur will soak Fourth of July outdoor events for New Jersey State residents – stay safe and be prepared.