Traffic, power, closings: How to keep updated during Hermine
Hermine is coming to New Jersey, and it won't be a pleasant visit.
Forecasters expect tropical-storm winds, record-breaking surges and flooding along the coast, and potential power outages throughout the state. In a worst-case scenario, there could be evacuations, blocked roads and delayed emergency vehicles.
Preparing for the worst, Gov. Chris Christie on Saturday declared a state of emergency for Atlantic, Cape May and Ocean counties, which are expected to get the brunt of Hermine.
The good news: We're here to help you through it.
Here's what you'll need to know all weekend long:
▶ FIRST, PREPARE: Here are essential tips to protect your family, your home and your vehicle.
▶ ON THE RADIO: Listen to New Jersey 101.5 anytime on air, online or on your phone by downloading the New Jersey 101.5 app.
▶ WEATHER: Keep an eye on Dan Zarrow's blog for the next several days. Unlike some weather forecasters, Dan's now about to hype news he's not sure of. He'll tell you what he knows, what he does't, and why — there's no better way to keep on top of the storm as it develops.
▶ TRAFFIC AND ROADS: Visit NJ1015.com/traffic for current alerts, and download the New Jersey 101.5 app to get notifications as traffic issues pop up. The New Jersey Department of Transportation issues alerts through 511nj.org.
▶ POWER: PSE&G customers: See PSE&G's power map for outages and report downed trees, gas leaks, other emergencies or outages to 800-436-PSEG. JCP&L customers: See JCP&L's map for outages. Call in issues to 888-LIGHTSS or report your outage online. Atlantic City Electric customers: See Atlantic City Electric's map or call 800-833-7476 for any issues.
▶ SCHOOL CLOSINGS: Announcements are updated in real-time at NJ1015.com/closings. Are you a school official? You can register your district at the link as well.
▶ USING A GENERATOR? Here's how to keep safe. Carbon monoxide poisoning caused five New Jersey deaths in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy.