Hoboken prepares for Tropical Storm Elsa

The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
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The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Hoboken is offering discounted garage parking to all resident permit parking holders ahead of Tropical Storm Elsa.

The National Weather Service issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook as Tropical Storm Elsa approaches the tristate area Thursday night through Friday afternoon.

Heavy rain and strong to severe thunderstorms are expected along with damaging wind gusts. Rainfall greater than 0.8 inches per hour may result in flash flooding in low-lying areas.

Residents are encouraged to move their cars from flood prone areas. Due to the predicted storm, a special rate of $5 per 24 hour period is being offered in Garage B at 28 Second St. and Garage D at 215 Hudson St. to residents with a valid Resident On-Street Parking Permit or Temporary Parking Permit, beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 8 through 5 p.m. Saturday, July 10.

Hoboken residents with disabilities who have either a handicapped license plate or hangtag for their permitted vehicle may park in the Midtown Garage at 371 Fourth St. for the same reduced rate.

Park inside

Garage space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Regular rates apply at other times.

The Office of Emergency Management is putting “No Parking Signs” in Hoboken’s flood prone areas. These signs should be taken as advisories because cars will not be towed. OEM will place barricades near flood prone intersections including First and Marshall streets, First and Harrison streets, Second and Harrison streets, Third and Harrison streets,  Fourth and Harrison streets, Fourth and Monroe streets, Third and Jackson streets, Fourth and Jackson streets, Ninth and Monroe streets, Ninth and Madison streets, 10th and Madison streets, First and Clinton streets, Third and Clinton streets, Henderson and Newark streets, and Grove and Newark streets.

Drivers should not drive around barricades. Those who do not have to travel should stay home or use mass transit.

Street cleaning enforcement will be suspended on Friday, July 9, but all meters and other parking rules and regulations remain in effect.

Residents are instructed to secure loose objects and furniture or bring them inside, especially objects on balconies.

Residents are encouraged to prepare for the storm by reviewing the Hoboken Ready website and flyer available in English and Spanish.

The Emergency Operations Center will be operational beginning Thursday, July 8 at 5 p.m. with volunteers from the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Residents can call the CERT Hotline at 201-420-5621.

For emergencies, call the Hoboken Police Department at 201-420-2100.

To report flooded intersections and clogged drain inlets call the NHSA Hotline at 866-689-3970.

Report power outages and downed wires to PSEG at https://nj.myaccount.pseg.com/myservicepublic/outagepublic.

Residents should monitor local forecasts for additional advisories, watches, and warnings as well as the City’s Twitter (twitter.com/cityofhoboken) and Facebook (facebook.com/hoboken) or sign up to receive email or text updates by visiting www.hobokennj.gov/alerts.