Governor Murphy Declares NJ State of Emergency As Isaias Strengthens To Hurricane

Murphy Declares a Statewide State of Emergency Effective 5 AM Tuesday


Governor Phil Murphy on Monday evening declared a statewide state of emergency for Tuesday, August 4th.

His decision came on the heels of news that Isaias has “strengthened back to a hurricane and is accelerating toward landfall near the border between North and South Carolina, the National Hurricane Center said Monday evening.”

View Murphy’s Twitter page:

“I am declaring a STATEWIDE STATE OF EMERGENCY for Hurricane Isaias effective at 5:00 AM on Tuesday, August 4, 2020:

Do not be on the roads unless absolutely necessary

If you MUST drive, take it slow, use caution, and leave extra time to get to your destination.”

In addition:

All state offices will be CLOSED tomorrow;

Non-essential personnel should NOT report to work for their normal shift;

Essential employees should report on schedule.

The governor advised New Jerseyans to “take down ALL temporary structures, including outdoor dining tents and umbrellas; secure loose furniture and other objects; and charge your devices.”

From the Weather Channel:

A hurricane warning has been issued for a portion of the upper South Carolina and lower North Carolina coasts since Isaias is forecast to make landfall as a Category 1 hurricane tonight. The hurricane warning includes Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Wilmington, North Carolina.

The formal release from the Governor’s Office:

Today, Governor Phil Murphy declared that New Jersey will enter a State of Emergency beginning on Tuesday, August 4th at 5:00 a.m., ahead of Hurricane Isaias. Executive Order No. 174 declares a State of Emergency across all 21 counties in New Jersey, allowing resources to be deployed throughout the state during the duration of the hurricane. Additionally, all state offices will be closed on August 4th.“Hurricane Isaias is expected to impact the state with severe weather conditions, including strong winds and heavy rainfall,” said Governor Murphy. “The safety of our residents is our main priority, and we urge everyone to be informed of local weather conditions and to stay off the roads.”

The Governor encourages New Jerseyans to visit for important weather updates and safety information. Residents should also pay attention to local forecasts, warnings, and watches.
For those living in Central and Southern New Jersey, visit the U.S. National Weather Service Philadelphia/Mount Holly at those living in Northern New Jersey and the New York Metro area, visit the U.S. National Weather Service New York, N.Y. at

Copy of Executive Order #174