Preparations underway in New Jersey for Hurricane Sandy

(Updated: Sunday 10/28/12 1 p.m.)

Coastal Flood Warning in effect from Sunday 8 p.m. to Tuesday 4 a.m. Rivers leading into the ocean are likely to swell and produce moderate flooding. This includes the Delaware River into Philadelphia and further north. High tide for the Delaware River occurs Monday morning at 1:38 a.m., Monday afternoon at 2 p.m., and Tuesday morning at 2:22 a.m.

Flood Watch in effect from Sunday 8 p.m. through Tuesday afternoon. Philadelphia and South Jersey will likely get between 5-10 inches of rain. The heavy rain could begin as early as Sunday night.

High Wind Warning in effect from Monday 8 a.m. to Tuesday 9 a.m. Expect 35-45 mph winds all day Monday and increasing to 60-75 Monday night. 

Complete Sandy Coverage

Hurricane Sandy is off the North Carolina Coast and is expected to turn northwest and hit New Jersey Monday night.

The massive storm is on a collision course with a wintry storm system approaching the region from the west and a cold front — a convergence so rare that forecasters at the National Hurricane Center say they “can’t pinpoint who is going to get the worst of it.”

Preparing for Sandy

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is ordering the evacuations of all Atlantic City casinos and the state’s barrier islands.

Toll have been suspended on the northbound Garden State Parkway and westbound Atlantic City Expressway to help facilitate evacuations.

The Governor earlier ordered water managers to to drain water from four Northern New Jersey resevoirs ahead of the storm. Christie said opening the floodgates will help mitigate the effects of heavy rainfall associated with the storm.

Monmouth University will be closed on Monday and Tuesday. Dorms will remain open.

Fearing that the heavy rain Hurricane Sandy will bring could pollute waterways where clams, oysters and mussels live, New Jersey has temporarily banned harvesting shellfish until after the storm passes and tests can be done.

Forecast for the South Jersey

Sunday

Windy with periods of rain. High 58F. Winds NNE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

Sunday Night

Windy with evening showers evolving to a steady, soaking rain overnight. Low 51F. Winds NNE at 25 to 35 mph. Rainfall near a half an inch. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Monday

Windy with rain, heavy at times. High 57F. Winds N at 25 to 35 mph. Rainfall expected to exceed 2 inches. Winds could occasionally gust over 50 mph.

Monday Night

Windy with rain, heavy at times. Low near 50F. NW winds shifting to SSE at 25 to 35 mph. Rainfall expected to exceed 2 inches. Winds could occasionally gust over 50 mph.

Tuesday

Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 54. Still windy. Chance of rain is 100%.

Tuesday Night

Scattered rain showers and mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Wednesday

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday Night (Halloween night)

Partly cloudy, with a low around 42. Chance of rain is 20%.

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