Gov. Phil Murphy declared a State of Emergency on Wednesday night as Hurricane Ida slammed the state with heavy flooding, severe power outages and multiple reports of tornadoes.
“Tropical Storm Ida is severely impacting all areas of our state,” Murphy said. “The safety of our residents is our main priority, and we urge everyone to be informed of local weather conditions and to stay off the roads.”
The governor’s order, which applies to all 21 counties, will allow resources to be deployed statewide during the duration of the storm.
Murphy has cancelled events scheduled for Thursday in West Caldwell and Piscataway and will meet with emergency management officials at the Statewide Traffic Management Center in Woodbridge at 8 AM.
He is scheduled to visit the Mullica Hill section of Harrison Township in Gloucester County at 10 AM to tour Tornado-damaged areas. His press briefing with be livestreamed at: https://www.youtube.com/njgovernorsoffice.
U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge has cancelled her trip to New Jersey today. She was scheduled to visit the 12th district with Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing).
Murphy encouraged New Jerseyans to pay close attention to local weather forecasts, warnings and watches.
Residents of Central and South Jersey can visit the U.S. National Weather Service Philadelphia/Mount Holly at http://www.weather.gov/phi/.
North Jersey residents may visit the U.S. National Weather Service New York, N.Y. at http://www.weather.gov/okx/.