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Weather 9-30-15

The National Weather Service has issued a “Hazardous Weather Outlook” for Northern New Jersey from Thursday through Tuesday of next week.  

The latest weather data suggests that we will experience more significant rain showers tomorrow (Thursday) night and Friday. These anticipated showers are the result of a front moving though our area and not related to Tropical Storm Joaquin.

The Morris County Office of Emergency Management will continue to monitor the potential flood impacts for our area and will work with our Morris County Park Police partners to have high-water vehicles available for deployment in support of the OEM assets, if necessary.

The official track for Tropical Storm Joaquin currently places the storm off of the North Carolina coast through Sunday night. However, there is not much confidence in this track based on numerous conflicting models. Some of the models have the track moving North off of the Mid-Atlantic coast late this weekend. The track and situation regarding Joaquin could change as the varying models come together. Depending on the ultimate storm track, we could see another round of heavy rainfall with potential flooding impacts.

We will continue to monitor this situation.

 Have a great day!

Weather 9-29-15

The Morris County Office of Emergency Management will continue to monitor the emerging weather. According to the latest data provided by our weather team, a wet and stormy weather pattern is shaping up for this week. We expect more persistent rain between 8-10pm this evening. The rain is anticipated to continue through Wednesday morning.

According to the current weather models, the rain will taper to showers after 11am Wednesday, with isolated to scattered showers possible through the remainder of the day. Rainfall of 0.75-1.50" is expected through Wednesday night, with a low threat for localized flooding. Another wave of potentially moderate to heavy rain is expected to push up the Mid-Atlantic coast Thursday evening/night and persist through Friday night. An additional 2-3" of rain is possible with this activity, but there is uncertainty on the exact placement of the heaviest rain.

 In regards to Tropical Storm Joaquin, current models show expected storm effects along the Mid-Atlantic coast on Sunday and movement into our area during the early part of next week. Abundant tropical moisture is likely to be transported over the eastern coast, with widespread moderate to heavy rain and gusty winds expected. The pattern that is developing will allow for gusty winds Wednesday night through the weekend. Gusts to 35-40 mph are expected and could increase if Joaquin is able to intensify and hold together.

 There is considerable uncertainty on how Joaquin will respond to a very complex upper level pattern and significant changes in the track forecast are possible. At the very least some heavy rain and strong gusty winds look likely and if Joaquin holds together the rain/winds will be even heavier/stronger.

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.

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