The City of Hoboken is preparing for the worst as Hurricane Isaias makes its way to the Northeast region, with several measures being taken such as a travel ban, along with street sweeping and outdoor dining being cancelled for Tuesday.
The National Weather Service is currently predicting two to four inches of rain, with heavier amounts possible in low lying areas, along with damaging winds.
A flash flood watch is in effect for Hudson County from the National Weather Service from Tuesday morning through late Tuesday night.
As a result, Mayor Ravi Bhalla and Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Sgt. William Montanez have instituted travel restrictions from 8 a.m. tomorrow until 8 a.m. on Wednesday.
Driving is prohibited except for public safety and essential services such as government, utilities, medical personnel.
Furthermore, residents are urged to stay indoors and move cars parked on flood prone streets and intersections during the storm, with $5 per day parking issued at municipal Garages B and D – as well as midtown.
Street sweeping regulations are suspended on Tuesday, as well as outdoor dining. Residents are also encouraged to prepare for the worst case scenario, with water and food on hand for at least 72 hours, along with flashlights and batteries.
Additionally, the North Hudson Sewerage Authority and city are working to clear catch basins. Residents concerned regarding certain catch basins are encouraged call the NHSA Hotline at 866-689-3970.
Finally, unsecured outdoor objects, such as lawn chairs and tabled, should be secured, while other flood preventative measures such as sand bags should be deployed where applicable/necessary.
Bhalla, Montanez, and NHSA Director Richard Wolff will be discussing storm preps in further detail at a press conference this afternoon.