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Hurricane-Force Winds Could Linger for Days, Mayor Says

Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty expected to hold press conference later tonight after next governor's conference call.

Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty issued a statement at 4:30 p.m. Monday regarding Hurricane Sandy, as winds began to noticeably increase in our area.

The mayor is expected to hold a press conference at 9:30 p.m. Monday, following a town staff meeting and statewide conference call with Gov. Chris Christie. This, of course, depends on conditions by that time.

"As Hurricane Sandy looms off the East Coast, residents of New Jersey have been warned to prepare for 7- to 10-day power outages.

"Governor Christie today in a conference call to all 566 municipalities in the state requested that each Office of Emergency Management ask their residents to “please be patient” in regards to power restoration.

"This record-breaking storm is expected to wreak havoc on New Jersey and as far inland as Ohio for 48 to 60 hours with high winds, nearly a foot of rain and up to two feet of snow, and ultimately affecting 50 million to 60 million people.

"A meteorologist from the National Weather Service issued a dire warning stating at the beginning of the conference call that “we are now dealing with a worst case scenario” in regards to the impact that Hurricane Sandy will have on the most of the Garden State.

"Hurricane-force winds could potentially linger for a few days after Sandy makes landfall on the Jersey shore Monday evening. It would be near impossible to send crews out and expect them to operate in bucket trucks with 70 miles-per-hour winds.

"Utility companies are expecting downed power lines due to falling trees and tree limbs during the storm, but the potential for flooding will make it difficult to get to certain areas to restore power as well.

CSS October 29, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Can anyone corroborate this information about hurricane force winds lingering (in Morris) for days? Trawling the NHS and NOAA I'm seeing no such predictions.
CSS October 29, 2012 at 10:33 PM
OK, here's a somewhat ugly and hard to navigate page that has wind speeds and wind speed forecasts: http://graphical.weather.gov/sectors/nemetro.php Select the map on the left, select time up on top of the left column. It looks like our peak is supposed to be happening now, but by tomorrow afternoon the winds really die down.
casi October 30, 2012 at 01:24 AM
The mayor is doing a great job!

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