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9:17 a.m. hurricane update

Event: Hurricane Warning

Alert:

...HURRICANE IRENE WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS

TODAY...

.NEW INFORMATION...

UPDATED STORM LOCATION.

UPDATED SITUATIONAL OVERVIEW.

.AREAS AFFECTED...

THIS LOCAL STATEMENT PROVIDES IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND

RECOMMENDED ACTIONS FOR PEOPLE AND MARINE INTERESTS IN SELECT

LOCATIONS AND COASTAL WATER LEGS OF PHILADELPHIA QUAD STATE

REGION...NEW JERSEY AND DELAWARE COASTAL WATERS AND DELAWARE BAY.

.WATCHES/WARNINGS...

A HURRICANE WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS...NEW

CASTLE...KENT...INLAND SUSSEX...DELAWARE BEACHES...MIDDLESEX...

WESTERN MONMOUTH...EASTERN MONMOUTH...SALEM...GLOUCESTER...

CAMDEN...NORTHWESTERN BURLINGTON...OCEAN...CUMBERLAND...

ATLANTIC...CAPE MAY...ATLANTIC COASTAL CAPE MAY...COASTAL

ATLANTIC...COASTAL OCEAN...SOUTHEASTERN BURLINGTON...DELAWARE AND

PHILADELPHIA.

FOR MARINE INTERESTS...A HURRICANE WARNING CONTINUES FOR ALL OF

NEW JERSEY AND DELAWARE COASTAL WATERS AND DELAWARE BAY.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS...

CECIL...KENT MD...QUEEN ANNES...TALBOT...CAROLINE...SUSSEX...

WARREN...MORRIS...HUNTERDON...SOMERSET...MERCER...CARBON...

MONROE...BERKS...LEHIGH...NORTHAMPTON...CHESTER...MONTGOMERY AND

BUCKS.

A FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA...NEW

JERSEY...DELAWARE AND NORTHEASTERN MARYLAND. PLEASE LISTEN CLOSELY

FOR ANY FLOOD WARNINGS THAT MIGHT BE IN EFFECT FOR YOUR AREA.

.STORM INFORMATION...

AT 8 AM EDT...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE IRENE WAS LOCATED NEAR

LATITUDE 40.3N...LONGITUDE 74.1W. THIS WAS ABOUT 70 MILES

NORTH-NORTHEAST OF ATLANTIC CITY NJ...OR ABOUT 10 MILES

SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF SANDY HOOK NJ. STORM MOTION WAS NNE OR

20 DEGREES AT 25 MPH. STORM INTENSITY WAS 75 MPH.

.SITUATION OVERVIEW...

HURRICANE IRENE IS FORECAST TO TRACK NORTHWARD WITH THE CENTER OF

THE HURRICANE PASSING VERY CLOSE TO THE NORTHERN NEW JERSEY COAST

THIS MORNING. THE STORM HAS BROUGHT LOCALLY DAMAGING

WINDS...TORRENTIAL RAIN WITH DANGEROUS FLOODING...AND MODERATE TO

SEVERE COASTAL FLOODING.

BY THE END OF THE STORM...A TOTAL 4 TO 10 INCHES OF RAINFALL IS

EXPECTED WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS. HEAVY RAIN WAS CONTINUING

OVER NORTHERN NEW JERSEY THIS MORNING. IT SHOULD END THERE BY

NOON. ELSEWHERE...THE ONLY ADDITIONAL RAINFALL WILL BE LIGHT.

HOWEVER...MODERATE TO MAJOR FLOODING WAS OCCURRING THROUGHOUT THE

AREA. FLOOD WARNINGS HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR MOST OF THE REGION.

WHEN MAKING DECISIONS...DO NOT FOCUS ON THE EXACT FORECAST TRACK

OF THE HURRICANE...AS IRENE IS A LARGE STORM. THIS REMAINS A

DANGEROUS SITUATION. IF YOU ARE IN A SAFE LOCATION...THEN PLEASE

REMAIN THERE. IF FLOODING THREATENS YOU...THEN PLEASE MOVE TO

HIGHER GROUND.

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF POWER OUTAGES HAVE OCCURRED ACROSS THE

REGION.

MAJOR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS IN NEW JERSEY AND PENNSYLVANIA HAVE

SUSPENDED OPERATIONS. A NUMBER OF BRIDGES ARE CLOSED. PLEASE

MONITOR MEDIA BROADCASTS REGARDING THE STATUS OF EVACUATIONS...

TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS AND SHELTERS.

IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT RESIDENTS AND VISITORS FOLLOW THE ADVICE OF

LOCAL OFFICIALS REGARDING EVACUATIONS.

&&

.NEXT UPDATE...

THE NEXT LOCAL STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER

SERVICE IN MOUNT HOLLY AROUND NOON EDT...OR SOONER IF CONDITIONS

WARRANT.

...HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT...

...NEW INFORMATION...

NEW WIND INFORMATION.

NEW STORM SURGE AND STORM TIDE INFORMATION.

NEW COASTAL HAZARDS INFORMATION.

...PROBABILITY OF TROPICAL STORM/HURRICANE CONDITIONS...

THE CHANCE FOR HURRICANE CONDITIONS AT THIS TIME IS LESS THAN OR

EQUAL TO 50 PERCENT. ALSO...THE CHANCE FOR TROPICAL STORM

CONDITIONS AT THIS TIME IS 94 TO 100 PERCENT. THIS REPRESENTS A

GENERAL STEADY TREND SINCE THE LAST FORECAST.

...WINDS...

WITH THE PASSAGE OF HURRICANE IRENE...SUSTAINED TROPICAL STORM

FORCE WINDS ARE EXPECTED. MAXIMUM WINDS ARE FORECAST TO BE IN THE

30 TO 40 MPH RANGE WITH GUSTS TO 60 MPH. WINDS ALONG THE MARYLAND

WESTERN SHORE WERE GUSTING UP TO 55 MPH THIS MORNING. MINOR

DAMAGE MAY OCCUR TO OLDER MOBILE HOMES. RESIDENTS SHOULD MOVE

LOOSE ITEMS INDOORS...SUCH AS GARBAGE CANS AND OUTDOOR

FURNITURE...AS THEY WILL BE BLOWN AROUND. NEWLY PLANTED OR YOUNG

TREES AND SHRUBS MAY BE UPROOTED IF NOT SECURED PROPERLY.

ADDITIONAL POWER OUTAGES WILL BE POSSIBLE.

...STORM SURGE AND STORM TIDE...

MAJOR TIDAL FLOODING WAS OCCURRING THIS MORNING OVER THE NORTHERN

NEW JERSEY ATLANTIC COASTLINE FROM NORTHERN OCEAN COUNTY NORTHWARD

ACROSS MONMOUTH COUNTY AND OVER RARITAN BAY WITH STORM SURGE

VALUES OF ABOUT 4 TO 6 FEET ABOVE ASTRONOMICAL HIGH TIDE.

FOR THE TIDAL DELAWARE RIVER...A COMBINATION OF STORM SURGE AND

RIVER RISE DUE TO HEAVY RAINFALL OF 2 TO 3 FEET ABOVE THE

ASTRONOMICAL PREDICTED TIDE IS EXPECTED. IT WILL RESULT IN

MODERATE TO SEVERE TIDAL FLOODING THIS MORNING INTO THE AFTERNOON.

ELSEWHERE...THE THREAT OF TIDAL FLOODING FROM STORM SURGE HAS

ENDED ALONG THE THE DELAWARE BAY SHORELINE AND THE SOUTHERN NEW

JERSEY AND DELAWARE ATLANTIC COASTLINES.

...COASTAL HAZARDS...

SEVERE BEACH EROSION AND BATTERING WAVES WERE OCCURRING ALONG THE

NORTHERN NEW JERSEY COASTLINE AND THE RARITAN BAY SHORELINE THIS

MORNING...AND THEY WILL SUBSIDE THIS AFTERNOON. MODERATE BEACH

EROSION AND HIGH WAVES WERE OCCURRING ALONG THE DELAWARE AND

SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY COASTLINE LINE...AND THEY WILL SUBSIDE

SOMEWHAT THIS AFTERNOON.

...RIP CURRENTS...

DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS ARE EXPECTED ALONG THE ATLANTIC COAST. DO

NOT ENTER THE SURF.

Instructions:

Target Area:

Atlantic

Atlantic Coastal Cape May

Camden

Cape May

Coastal Atlantic

Coastal Ocean

Cumberland

Eastern Monmouth

Gloucester

Middlesex

Northwestern Burlington

Ocean

Salem

Southeastern Burlington

Western Monmouth

 

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