With the potential for Hurricane Irene to affect the Tri-State area in one form or another, POLITICS 24/7 asks all New Jersey residents, especially those who live along the state’s coast, to heed the advice of Congressman Garrett whose message to his constituents is shown below this post.
The latest models have Hurricane Irene beginning to effect our region late Saturday, but on Sunday, they expect us to be experiencing the worst of it, which weather experts are describing as “some of the worst weather many in our area have ever seen.” Of course it is possible for the storm to change course and lose some of its strength, but that is not how it looks now. No matter what , some effects will be felt and it is best to hope for the best but expect and prepare for the worst. This precaution should be especially heeded by those living along the Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut Coasts. Those who live along these areas will be particularly vulnerable to what is responsible for most hurricane related deaths………the tidal surge that is swept inland by the hurricane’s winds.
The larger the winds, the higher the surge and Irene can be anywhere from a Category 1 to Category 3 hurricane as it approaches us. This means you must at the very least take the precautions that Congressman Garrett suggests in the letter you will find below the following tracking map.
This map is the most recent projected path of Irene as of 11:00 pm, Wednesday. The cone of possibility that is shown in the track of the storm demonstrates that there exists a chance for Irene to wobble further East or West of the center path. The further East it moves, the less effects we will see. The further West it wobbles means that we are in for the worst that the storm has to offer. Right now, indications are that we could experience winds anywhere between 70 to 90 mph or more.
Preparing for Hurricane Irene
With Hurricane Irene tracking towards New Jersey this weekend, I wanted to make sure residents of the 5th District were prepared for the storm.
If you haven’t already, I encourage you to visit the American Red Cross’s website to review the precautionary steps you should be taking ahead of the storm. While we may not face the brunt of the storm, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t prepare for the worst.
After all, preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane as powerful as Irene, which may bring flooding, tornadoes and high winds to North Jersey.
I encourage all 5th District residents to take three quick steps to prepare for Irene:
In addition, please review the Red Cross’s Hurricane Safety Checklist.
If you need anything at all, please don’t hesitate to contact one of my district offices for assistance.