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2.5 Magnitude Earthquake felt in Morris

The Morris County Communications/911 Center started to receive calls at approximately 3:42am this morning from residents of Morristown, Morris Township, Randolph, Mendham Township, Mendham Borough, Chester Township and Chester Borough.

Many of the callers reported that they felt their house shake. Members of the Morris County Office of Emergency Management responded to the Emergency Operations Center.  The U.S. Geological Survey has confirmed that a 2.5 magnitude earthquake occurred in Bernardsville Township in Somerset County.

No injuries or structural issues have been reported at this time. We will continue to monitor this event.

Rain 8-11-15

Good Morning,

We expect that the rain this morning will be intermittent at times. The rain could result in roadway drainage issues especially during the morning rush hour.  Please drive safely if you are on the road and adjust your speed for the conditions. Be mindful of hydroplaning issues which occurs when a layer of water builds between the wheels of the vehicle and the road surface, leading to a loss of traction that can result in loss of vehicle control.

Be safe!

Air Quality Alert in Effect for Wednesday, July 29

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has issued a Code Orange air quality alert Wednesday for Morris and Somerset counties. A Code Orange air quality alert means that air pollution concentrations within the region may become unhealthy for sensitive groups. Sensitive groups include children...People suffering from asthma... Heart disease or other lung diseases...And the elderly. The effects of air pollution can be minimized by avoiding strenuous activity or exercise outdoors.

In addition, today will feature yet another round of excessive heat and humidity. Expect afternoon temperatures to reach the mid-90s, with elevated humidity levels bringing heat indices to 95 - 98 degrees.

Take necessary precautions. View the list of Morris County cooling centers.

2015 Cooling Centers

The following is a listing of Morris County cooling centers for the summer of 2015:

Chester Township
Chester Township Mun. Bldg., 1 Parker Road, 8:30a - 4:30p

Harding Township
Harding Township Municipal Building Meeting Room, 21 Blue Mill Road, New Vernon, NJ 07976
9a-5p Monday and Tuesday; 7-20-2015 and 7-21-2015

Kinnelon Borough
Kinnelon Mun. Hall, 130 Kinnelon Road, open til 4p

Boro Hall is designated as a cooling center Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Also our library is open Monday to Wednesday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday & Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Sunday.

Morris Plains
 Morris Plains Municipal Court, 531 Speedwell Avenue, 2nd Floor
Monday thru Friday, 9 - 4

Morris Township

Morris Township Municipal Building
50 Woodland Avenue
Morris Township
Monday to Friday 08:00 to 20:00
Saturdays and Sundays as needed.

Morristown will open two cooling station when the temp reaches 90 +
  • Town of Morristown, 200 South Street from 0830-0430
  • Morristown Fire Department Headquarters 161 Speedwell Avenue from 0830-0430
Riverdale , Riverdale Library, 93 Newark Pompton Turnpike
Open from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm - Mon. thru Sat. and Sun. till 3:00 pm

  • Parsippany Community Center
    1130 Knoll Rd., Lake Hiawatha
    Phone: 973-263-7163
    Hours: 9am – 5pm
  • Main Library, Parsippany Branch
    449 Halsey Road, Parsippany
    Phone: 973-887-5150
    Hours: 9am – 9pm
  • Lake Hiawatha Library
    68 Nokomis Ave., Lake Hiawatha
    Phone: 973-335-0952
    Hours: 10am – 9pm
  • Mt. Tabor Library
    31 Trinity Park, Mt. Tabor
    Phone: 973-627-9508
    Hours: 10am – 9pm​
Rockaway Township
  • Rockaway Township Municipal Building Lobby, 65 Mt. Hope Road, Rockaway
    Open 8:30am – 4:30pm weekdays
  • Rockaway Township Public Library, 61 Mt. Hope Road, Rockaway
    M, T, W & F – 9:00am – 8:00pm
    Th & Sat – 9:00am – 5:00pm

Weather 3-20-15

The latest weather data suggests that we will see snow begin in the area of 9am this morning. The heaviest activity will likely take until 1-2pm before arriving. Snow will be likely into the evening with some moderate to heavy periods possible. It may mix with rain or sleet as well at times this afternoon but will be mostly wet snow. Snow will taper off to light snow showers/flurries by 10pm and then will end by 6am. Accumulations of 1-3 inches are likely with a chance we could see localized 3-5 inch amounts in higher elevations.

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