Severe Weather Prompts State of Emergency in New Jersey
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has declared a State of Emergency ahead of a storm system that threatens to cause flooding and other dangerous travel conditions in parts of the state, specifically Salem, Cumberland, Atlantic and Cape May counties, ABC 6 reported.
"We know there is definitely going to be moderate and likely to be major flooding events in South Jersey Friday and Saturday with 5 to 6 inches of rainfall expected to come," Christie told reporters during a Thursday morning press conference.
There are currently flood warnings and watches in effect for parts of the New Jersey coast.
While New Jersey and surrounding states still face a great deal of uncertainty as it pertains to Hurricane Joaquin, which is currently a Category 3 storm over the Bahamas, Christie said the state would be prepared to handle whatever impact. As TravelPulse's Brian Major reported, the storm has passed by many of the Bahamas' resort areas with minimal damage.
"I'm not here to say Sandy II is coming. I have no way of knowing that. But what I want people to know is if it did, we're as prepared as you could be to deal with it," he said at the press conference.
Christie also took to Twitter to reassure New Jersey residents and visitors.
We are prepared. I need everyone to not panic.— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) October 1, 2015
Make sure you check http://t.co/MfW7tyNwv8 for storm updates and ways to get prepared.— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) October 1, 2015
Flight-tracking website FlightAware.com reported that 10 percent of flights scheduled to arrive at Newark Liberty International Airport Thursday have been delayed. Meanwhile, five percent of Thursday's incoming flights have been delayed at nearby John F. Kennedy International Airport.
LaGuardia Airport and Philadelphia International Airport have also experienced a few dozen delays Thursday, per FlightAware.com.
But with heavy rainfall expected to arrive in the region late this week and continuing into the weekend, air travelers flying in and out of the Northeast are likely to see an uptick in flight delays and cancellations.
Here's a look at the latest forecast from the National Weather Service's Middle Atlantic River Forecast Center.
Significant Flood Outlook for the Mid-Atlantic issued Thursday. Slight adjustments have been made from yesterdays. pic.twitter.com/JmEjNx1Vkw— NWS MARFC (@NWSMARFC) October 1, 2015
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