Governor Phil Murphy is advising New Jersey residents to prepare for the potential impact of Hurricane Florence.
Murphy says the remnants of Florence are expected to move into the area sometime between Saturday and Tuesday.
“If you look at the models that are predicting the track of this, we’re not going to get a direct hit. So it’ll be some about of rain and some amount of high winds and obviously you get concerned high tides as well mixing in that.”
The Governor says he’s hoping for the best, but the state is taking precautions.
“The Department of Environmental Protection is continuing to monitor coastal conditions and other critical infrastructure. President Joe Fiordaliso and the BPU are working closely with and monitoring our electric service providers to ensure they are ready to respond quickly to any storm related outages.”
Transportation agencies are trying to ensure service stations on the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, and the Atlantic City Expressway have a full capacity of fuel available.
The National Guard is staging some equipment and vehicles to speed response time if they’re activated.
State Police Superintendent Patrick Callahan says 80 members of New Jersey’s Task Force 1 search and rescue team have been deployed to North Carolina to help with any rescue operations that may be needed in flooded areas.