WNY Advises Residents & Businesses To Take Precautions As Hurricane Approaches

The Town of West New York this afternoon issued the following press release for residents and local businesses as the municipality braces for the arrival of Tropical Storm / Hurricane Isaias:

WNY Mayor Rodriguez and Board of Commissioners Advise Residents and Businesses to Take Precautions Ahead of Tropical Storm Isaias

WEST NEW YORK, N.J. The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for our area from today, Monday, August 3, 2020 until Wednesday, August 5, 2020 with a forecast of heavy rain and widespread damaging wind of speeds up to 50+ mph with higher gusts expected to impact areas as far inland as Northwest New Jersey by Tuesday morning/afternoon.

Tropical Storm Isaias is currently moving northward along the Mid Atlantic coast today and is expected to strike the Carolina coast as a Category 1 Hurricane by tonight. It appears the greatest impacts to New Jersey will occur during much of the day Tuesday, particularly late morning and through the evening hours before the storm lifts northeast out of the area. The National Weather Service highlights multiple hazards including, but not limited to, freshwater flooding, coastal flooding/storm surge, strong winds and even isolated tornadoes in some parts of the state. Heavy rainfall, flooding, and widespread damaging winds may be an issue which may lead to tree damage and power outages.

“I strongly encourage our residents to take all precautions necessary to ensure they remain safe during this storm,” said Gabriel Rodriguez, Mayor of the Town of West New York. “Our administration will continue to monitor the progression and will continue working with local and state partners as well as PSE&G to ensure impact on our residents is minimal.”

Please use extra caution if you must travel. Remain off the roads if possible so that first responders and public safety officials can safely respond to emergency situations. Please ensure that parked vehicles are not within 15 feet of crosswalks and intersections so that emergency vehicles are able to pass without difficulty.

Call 911 or go to the emergency room right away if you or someone you know is experiencing a medical emergency. Residents may call The West New York Police Department Command Center at 201-295-5000 to report non-emergency issues, including heat complaints.

All should be advised that:

  • All West New York Parks will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, August 2, 2020. Call 201.295.5178 with questions.
  • Municipal offices will close at 1:00PM tomorrow, Tuesday, August 2, 2020 and will re-open on Wednesday, August 3, 2020; specifically,
    • West New York Municipal Building
    • Parking Utility
    • Library
  • All food distribution is cancelled tomorrow, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at all sites and is scheduled to resume on Wednesday, August 3, 2020, weather permitting. Please call 201-295-5120 with any questions.

Residents are strongly encouraged to:

  • Move out any equipment and materials from low lying, flood prone areas including garages and basements.
  • Move vehicles to high, safe areas to prevent flooding and falling tree/branch damage
  • Ensure proper drainage away from buildings by clearing out down spouts, gutters and storm drains.
  • Be prepared for possible power outages, down limbs and trees, and possible downed wires.
  • Prepare emergency generators, charge phones and battery backs, and prepare emergency items for anticipated power outages.

Businesses should further prepare by:

  • Monitoring local conditions for both emergency and non-emergency personnel driving to work. Flooding, along with debris and tree limbs on roadways may occur.
  • Ensure any employees who must drive in the weather are properly equipped, prepared and have knowledge of emergency response plans.
  • Safely secure any outdoor tables, tents, and chairs.
  • Any banners that may come down with the wind must be removed.
  • All construction sites should be secured.

To report downed wires or power outages, call PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG or the West New York Police Command Center at the number above. Also, customers can report outages by logging into their PSE&G account online or by texting “OUT” to 4PSEG(47734).

The Town of West New York will continue to monitor the National Weather Service and will provide updates as they become available.

For the most up to date information, make sure you visit the town’s website at www.westnewyorknj.org and/or follow the Town’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter page (@TownofWNY). You can also stay in touch via text by sending a text with “Add 3498708 to the number 51430 for direct WNY updates to your phone.

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Instructions:

Residents are strongly encouraged to: Move out any equipment and materials from low lying, flood prone areas including garages and basements. Move vehicles to high, safe areas to prevent flooding and falling tree/branch damage Ensure proper drainage away from buildings by clearing out down spouts, gutters and storm drains. Be prepared for possible power outages, down limbs and trees, and possible downed wires. Prepare emergency generators, charge phones and battery backs, and prepare emergency items for anticipated power outages.   Businesses should further prepare by:   Monitoring local conditions for both emergency and non-emergency personnel driving to work. Flooding, along with debris and tree limbs on roadways may occur. Ensure any employees who must drive in the weather are properly equipped, prepared and have knowledge of emergency response plans. Safely secure any outdoor tables, tents, and chairs. Any banners that may come down with the wind must be removed. All construction sites should be secured.

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