Are You Ready For the Storm? Towns, Utilities Prepare
TRENTON — Preparations are well underway around New Jersey for the arrival of Hurricane Hermine over the weekend.
WPG Chief Meteorologst Dan Zarrow is most concerned about the pounding surf along the Jersey Shore.
"The surge forecast has increased to upwards of 5 feet. The worst high tide cycles will be Sunday evening and Monday morning. And then the storm sits just off-shore, keeping the tides high through Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday, too."
State Police spokesman Trooper Alejandro Goez said extra patrols were already scheduled for the holiday so it will be "business as usual."
State Department of Transportation spokesman Daniel Triana said they are "actively monitoring the path and trajectory of the storm" but so far had no special plans in place.
PSE&G spokeswoman Deann Muzikar said the utility has additional poles, transformers and crews ready for any outages.
"We've also elevated several switching and sub-stations above flood level in preparation for the weather," Muzikar said.
“As we prepare for this storm, we are implementing many of the lessons learned from previous weather events, including using new technology and processes to help accelerate the restoration efforts. We also are working to secure additional linemen and other personnel to assist with outage restoration efforts," Tony Hurley, JCP&L vice president of Operations said. Crews are already working overtime preparing equipment.
North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello said residents and visitors should secure all properties and belongings such as lawn chairs, patio umbrellas and trashcans, and should anticipate "extended and localized flooding in areas that do not normally experience tidal flooding. Residents and visitors are advised to never drive down a flooded roadway."
Six Flags Great Adventure spokeswoman Kristin B Siebeneicher said the Jackson theme park is also in preparedness mode, and will continue to watch the storm. "Our priority is keeping our guests, employees and animals safe. Should weather conditions worsen, our safety, maintenance, operations and animal care teams will work together to secure all buildings and loose articles, ensure animals are safely inside their winter housing, and ready emergency supplies and equipment. Emergency personnel will remain on the property around the clock. In addition, we will provide a staging area for Jersey Central Power & Light, as we have through previous hurricanes," Siebeneicher said.