Preparing For Tropical Storm Elsa in Hudson County

Tropical Storm Elsa is heading Hudson County’s way.  Rain, rain, more rain, high winds, rain, flooding, more high winds…and did I mention RAIN?  Here is the latest warning issued by the Hudson County Office of Emergency Management:

Alert Details

Severity:
Severe – Significant threat to life or property

Urgency:
Future – Responsive action SHOULD be taken in the near future

Certainty:
Likely (p > ~50%)

Category:
MET: Meteorological (inc. flood)

Event Description:
Flood Watch

Alert: Heavy Rain Thursday and Friday May Cause Flooding In Urban Locations

Heavy rain Thursday and Friday may cause flooding in urban locations, low-lying areas, places with poor drainage, roadways, and small waterways. Rainfall of 2” to 4” is forecast statewide, with locally higher amounts of 5” to 6” possible. Winds may gust 10 mph to 25 mph inland and 25 mph to 50 mph along the coast Thursday night to Friday morning. Monitor weather media for updates.

Instructions:
Secure outdoor furniture, trash cans, and decorations. Avoid known flooding areas… “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”. Take shelter as the storm approaches. “When it Roars, Go Indoors”…

Meanwhile, the City of Hoboken which, as we all know, experiences flooding during these severe storms, issued the following press release earlier today:

Please be advised that the National Weather Service has 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. Any intense rainfall of greater than 0.8 inch per hour may result in flash flooding in low-lying areas.

Secure Loose Objects
Residents should secure all furniture and loose objects outside or bring them inside, especially on balconies. Outdoor tents should be taken down depending on wind load.

Damaging winds could blow down trees and power lines, resulting in power outages. Please report power outages and downed wires to PSEG at https://nj.myaccount.pseg.com/myservicepublic/outagepublic.

Do not park in or drive through flood prone areas
Due to the likelihood of flooding in some areas, the Office of Emergency Management is taking precautions by putting no parking signs (“No Parking Signs” in these areas should be taken as advisories, cars will not be towed) or barricades near flood prone intersections. Please do not drive around barricades. These intersections include:

  • 1st and Marshall
  • 1st and Harrison
  • 2nd and Harrison
  • 3rd and Harrison
  • 4th and Harrison
  • 4th and Monroe
  • 3rd and Jackson
  • 4th and Jackson
  • 9th and Monroe
  • 9th and Madison
  • 10th and Madison
  • 1st and Clinton
  • 3rd and Clinton
  • Henderson and Newark
  • Grove and Newark

Please report flooded intersections and clogged drain inlets by calling the NHSA Hotline at 866.689.3970.

Discounted Garage Parking
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 Garages B (28 2nd Street) and D (215 Hudson Street) to residents with a valid Resident On-Street Parking Permit or Temporary Parking Permit, beginning at 5 pm on Thursday, July 8 through 5 pm Saturday, July 10. In addition, Hoboken residents with disabilities who possess either a handicapped license plate or hang tag for their permitted vehicle may also park in the Midtown garage (371 4th Street) for the same reduced rate. Garage space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Regular rates apply at other times. Residents who have a valid Resident On-Street Parking Permit or Temporary Parking Permit are reminded that overnight parking (6pm to 8am) is available at a rate of $5.00 in Garages B, D and Midtown every day of the year.

Limit Travel
If you do not have to travel, stay home and do not drive. If you must travel, use mass transit.

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

Emergency Operations Center in Effect
The Emergency Operations Center will be operational beginning Thursday, July 8 at 5 PM with volunteers from the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Residents can call the CERT Hotline at 201-420-5621. For emergencies, please call the Hoboken Police Department at 201-420-2100.

Be Hoboken Ready
Residents are encouraged to prepare for Tropical Storm Elsa by reviewing the Hoboken Ready website and flyer available in in English and Spanish.

Please monitor local forecasts for additional advisories, watches, and warnings. Residents are encouraged to monitor 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.

Learn how Hoboken and NHSA prepare for, respond to, and recover from intense rainfall storms. Learn about Hoboken’s efforts to mitigate rainfall flooding.
Thank you for your cooperation.