According to National Weather Service, heavy rain is expected in our area on Sunday evening through Monday morning. Minor coastal flooding is anticipated with the Monday morning high tide around 7:30 AM.
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Division of Coastal Engineering( NJDEP-DCE) will be closing the floodgate on Port Monmouth Road at 1:00 PM on Sunday prior to the onset of the storm. The Wilson Avenue floodgate will remain open to allow runoff from the affected streets to drain to Pews Creek and pump out to the bay if levels rise high enough.
Wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph may blow down limbs, trees, and power lines. Please bring in or secure any loose items on your property. For more high wind safety rules and guidelines, visit the National Weather Service website.
If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, we advise you to move your vehicle to higher ground. If necessary, you can park at the Middletown Train Station parking lots.
The Township may close some roads due to flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flood waters. Water may be deeper than you think. You will be putting yourself in danger and your vehicle may be damaged.
As the heavy winds and rain could knock out power, please adhere to the following rules when using a generator:
- 10 feet of clearance is required from any structure
- Use UL approved extension cords
- Ensure carbon monoxide alarms and smoke detectors are functioning in all businesses/homes while using a generator
Please call Middletown Fire Official Buddy Skelly at 732-615-2272 if you have any questions about how to safely use a generator. If you lose power and decide to burn candles as a source of light, please place the candles on hard, non-flammable surfaces to avoid a potential fire.
To report downed wires or power outages call JCP&L at 1-888-LIGHTSS or click the “Report Outage” link at www.firstenergycorp.com. Please remember, never go near a downed power line, even if they think it is no longer carrying electricity.
For severe weather alert updates, text MIDDLETOWNNJ (no spaces) to 888-777 or visit www.middletownnj.org/NIXLE to register. You can also get local weather updates by visiting US National Weather Service Philadelphia/Mount Holly.
We will also be posting additional updates via the Township's social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter).
Thank you and stay safe!