Event: Hurricane Warning

Alert:

...HURRICANE IRENE WILL HAVE SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS THROUGH SUNDAY...

.NEW INFORMATION...

UPDATED STORM INFORMATION.

.AREAS AFFECTED...

THIS LOCAL STATEMENT PROVIDES IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND

RECOMMENDED ACTIONS FOR PEOPLE AND MARINE INTERESTS IN EASTERN

PENNSYLVANIA...NEW JERSEY...DELAWARE AND NORTHEASTERN

MARYLAND...AS WELL AS ON THE COASTAL WATERS OF NEW JERSEY AND

DELAWARE AND ON DELAWARE BAY.

.WATCHES/WARNINGS...

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

CASTLE...KENT...INLAND SUSSEX...DELAWARE BEACHES...TALBOT...

CAROLINE...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...SUSSEX...WARREN...MORRIS...

HUNTERDON...SOMERSET...MERCER...CARBON...MONROE...BERKS...

LEHIGH...NORTHAMPTON...CHESTER...MONTGOMERY AND BUCKS.

A FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR ALL OF PHILADELPHIA QUAD STATE

REGION. PLEASE LISTEN CLOSELY FOR ANY FLOOD WARNINGS THAT MIGHT

BE IN EFFECT FOR YOUR AREA.

A TORNADO WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS OF PHILADELPHIA QUAD

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

DELAWARE BAY. PLEASE LISTEN CLOSELY FOR ANY TORNADO WARNINGS THAT

MIGHT BE IN EFFECT FOR YOUR AREA.

.STORM INFORMATION...

AT 3 AM EDT...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE IRENE WAS LOCATED NEAR

LATITUDE 38.1N...LONGITUDE 75.0W. THIS WAS ABOUT 90 MILES

SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF ATLANTIC CITY NJ...OR ABOUT 70 MILES

SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF DOVER DE. STORM MOTION WAS NNE OR 20 DEGREES

AT 17 MPH. STORM INTENSITY WAS 80 MPH.

.SITUATION OVERVIEW...

HURRICANE IRENE IS FORECAST TO TRACK NORTHWARD PARALLEL TO THE

EAST COAST...WITH THE CENTER OF THE HURRICANE PASSING VERY CLOSE

TO THE COASTS OF DELAWARE AND NEW JERSEY OVERNIGHT INTO SUNDAY

MORNING. THE STORM WILL BRING DAMAGING WINDS...TORRENTIAL RAIN

WITH DANGEROUS FLOODING...AND COASTAL FLOODING.

OVERALL...A TOTAL 6 TO 10 INCHES OF RAINFALL IS EXPECTED WITH

ISOLATED AMOUNTS UP TO 14 INCHES. HEAVY AND POSSIBLY RECORD

SETTING RAINFALL AMOUNTS THROUGH SUNDAY WILL LIKELY RESULT IN

MAJOR FLOODING ACROSS PORTIONS OF NEW JERSEY...EASTERN

PENNSYLVANIA...DELAWARE AND NORTHEASTERN MARYLAND. SMALL CREEKS

AND STREAMS ARE HIGHLY SUSCEPTIBLE TO FLASH FLOODING. THE RARITAN

AND SCHUYLKILL RIVERS HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO REACT RATHER QUICKLY

AND ARE HIGHLY SUSCEPTIBLE TO FLOODING. THE DELAWARE...SUSQUEHANNA

AND PASSAIC RIVERS REACT MORE SLOWLY. HOWEVER...THEY ALSO ARE

HIGHLY SUSCEPTIBLE TO FLOODING FROM THIS RAINFALL EVENT.

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

MANY LOCATIONS FORECAST TO EXPERIENCE MODERATE TO MAJOR FLOODING.

ISOLATED TORNADOES WILL BE POSSIBLE IN THE OUTER RAIN BANDS OF

HURRICANE IRENE.

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

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

SITUATION. REMAIN IN A SAFE LOCATION UNTIL THE STORM PASSES.

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS ARE IN EFFECT FOR CAPE MAY COUNTY...NEW

JERSEY.

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS ARE IN EFFECT FOR FLOOD PRONE AREAS OF

ATLANTIC COUNTY...NEW JERSEY.

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS ARE IN EFFECT FOR LONG BEACH ISLAND IN OCEAN

COUNTY...NEW JERSEY.

VOLUNTARY EVACUATIONS ARE IN EFFECT FOR BERKELEY TOWNSHIP IN

OCEAN COUNTY...NEW JERSEY.

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.

.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

EVACUATE IF DIRECTED TO DO SO BY LOCAL OFFICIALS OR IF YOUR HOME

IS VULNERABLE TO HIGH WINDS OR FLOODING. PREPARE FOR POWER OUTAGES

THAT COULD LAST FOR MANY DAYS. MAKE SURE THAT YOUR VEHICLE HAS A

FULL TANK OF GAS.

CLOSELY MONITOR NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR OTHER LOCAL NEWS OUTLETS FOR

OFFICIAL STORM INFORMATION.

FOR ADDITIONAL PRECAUTIONARY AND PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION, PLEASE

REFER TO THE DETAILED RECOMMENDATIONS FOR YOUR LOCATION AS

DESCRIBED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE AND LOCAL

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.

&&

.NEXT UPDATE...

THE NEXT LOCAL STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER

SERVICE IN MOUNT HOLLY AROUND 600 AM EDT...OR SOONER IF

CONDITIONS WARRANT.

...HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT...

...NEW INFORMATION...

UPDATED STORM INFORMATION.

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

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

EQUAL TO 48 PERCENT. ALSO...THE CHANCE FOR TROPICAL STORM

CONDITIONS AT THIS TIME IS UP TO 100 PERCENT.

...WINDS...

SUSTAINED TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS WILL OCCUR OVERNIGHT INTO

SUNDAY. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE FORECAST TO BE IN THE 50 TO

60 MPH RANGE WITH GUSTS TO 75 MPH.

DAMAGING WINDS ARE EXPECTED. POORLY ANCHORED MOBILE HOMES MAY BE

DESTROYED...ALONG WITH THOSE OF OLD OR POOR CONSTRUCTION. SOME

WELL ANCHORED MOBILE HOMES WILL HAVE SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE TO

ROOFS...WALLS AND WINDOWS...AND COULD BECOME UNINHABITABLE. SOME

HOMES OF FRAME CONSTRUCTION WILL SUSTAIN PARTIAL WALL AND ROOF

FAILURE...AND POSSIBLY BLOWN OUT WINDOWS. LOOSE OUTDOOR ITEMS WILL

BE BLOWN ABOUT...CAUSING ADDITIONAL DAMAGE AND POSSIBLE INJURY.

MANY AREAS WILL EXPERIENCE POWER OUTAGES WITH SOME DOWNED POWER

POLES. NUMEROUS LARGE BRANCHES OF HEALTHY TREES WILL SNAP. SOME

TREES WILL BE UPROOTED...ESPECIALLY WHERE THE GROUND IS SATURATED.

...STORM SURGE AND STORM TIDE...

A STORM SURGE OF 3 TO 4 FEET ABOVE ASTRONOMICAL PREDICTED TIDES

IS EXPECTED ALONG THE NEW JERSEY COAST SOUTH OF BARNEGAT INLET AND

ALONG THE DELAWARE COAST. A STORM SURGE OF 4 TO 6 FEET IS EXPECTED

FOR THE NEW JERSEY COAST NORTH OF BARNEGAT INLET.

THE ANTICIPATED STORM SURGE VALUES WILL RESULT IN SEVERE TIDAL

FLOODING THIS MORNING IN MONMOUTH COUNTY AND OCEAN COUNTY IN NEW

JERSEY. THE VALUES WILL RESULT IN MODERATE TO SEVERE TIDAL

FLOODING THIS MORNING IN ATLANTIC COUNTY AND CAPE MAY COUNTY IN

NEW JERSEY...AS WELL AS IN SUSSEX COUNTY...DELAWARE.

A STORM SURGE OF 2 TO 4 FEET ABOVE ASTRONOMICAL PREDICTED TIDES

IS EXPECTED ON DELAWARE BAY AND ON THE TIDAL DELAWARE RIVER. THESE

VALUES WILL RESULT IN MODERATE TO SEVERE TIDAL FLOODING THIS

MORNING ALONG DELAWARE BAY. MODERATE TO SEVERE TIDAL FLOODING IS

ANTICIPATED FOR THE LOWER DELAWARE RIVER FROM THIS MORNING INTO

THE EARLY AFTERNOON INCLUDING THE ADDITIONAL CONTRIBUTION FROM THE

HEAVY RAINFALL.

...COASTAL HAZARDS...

SEVERE BEACH EROSION ALONG WITH BATTERING WAVES...AROUND 20 FEET

HIGH...ARE EXPECTED ALONG THE DELAWARE AND NEW JERSEY COASTLINE

INTO SUNDAY 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