OCEAN COUNTY – With memories of Superstorm Sandy still fresh almost five years later, residents watch forecasts, concerned about Hurricane Jose and her potential impacts to the Garden State.
As a precaution, the National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the Jersey Shore. Although Jose isn’t expected to make landfall in the Garden State, forecasters are watching her closely as he could bring heavy rain and wind to our area this week. Some forecasters are predicting rain for Tuesday.
According to a media advisory, the storm is expected to pass east of the New Jersey coast but 2-4 inches of rain are expected and damaging wind gusts of 25-50 mph.
There are also higher risks of rough surf and dangerous rip currents. Many lifeguards have left their posts for the season – so authorities warn not to swim alone, especially when storms are pending.
In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, state and local authorities have been urging everyone to be prepared with emergency kits and possible evacuation plans just in case this hurricane season is a bad one for the Garden State.
Stay tuned to your local radio and TV stations for up to the minute weather forecasts.