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Bayonne braces for Isaias

The Office of Emergency Management warned residents of strong winds, flooding and power outages

Bayonne should expect flooding similar to Tropical Storm Fay, photo by Victor Rodriguez.

The Bayonne Office of Emergency Management has issued a warning to residents regarding Tropical Storm Isaias.

Isaias was a hurricane when it made landfall in South Carolina, but it has since been downgraded to a Tropical Storm. The storm is expected to make landfall in the New Jersey area by mid-day.

Currently, there is a Tropical Storm Warning and a Coastal Flood watch in effect for Hudson County, according to the National Weather Service New York station.

What to expect from Isaias

OEM said that the track of Isaias has shifted a bit to the West, with means an increase in winds for the area. Forecasters have warned of 50 mph sustained winds with gusts up to 70 mph.

Residents are advised to secure loose items around their property outside.

“Expect to see conditions deteriorate throughout the day,” OEM said. “This will be a strong wind event for us in Bayonne.”

Bayonne might see up to four inches of rain, according to OEM.

The city should be prepared for scattered power outages and localized street flooding from the storm. OEM warned residents to not drive into flooded roads.

“We will also be at astronomical high tide due to a full moon Monday, which can exacerbate flooding,” OEM said.

OEM warned the city not to put out recycling on August 4, instead they should wait until Wednesday morning.

Mayor Jimmy Davis met with representatives of several municipal departments including the Police Department, Fire Department, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

The emergency services reported that they will have full manpower, all required vehicles, and emergency generators available to deal with the storm.  The Fire Department will have two boats available, if needed. The Public Works Department reported that it has personnel, vehicles, barricades, and tools ready for the storm.

City officials advise residents to not drive or walk into standing water.

“If you see deep or rising water, turn around, don’t drown.”

Throughout the day, OEM will provide frequent updates to residents regarding Isaias. Information will be shared on OEM social media including Facebook and Twitter.

Residents can also enroll in the Swift911 Emergency notification system for updates on the storm.

To do so, residents can download the Swift911 Public App on a cell phone to receive texts and robocalls. Or residents can go online to bayonnenj.org and click on the Swift911 banner.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Dan Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com.

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