FCAC Announcement: 8pm Weather advisory

As of August 27, 2011; 8:00 PM

A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for our area.  Tropical Storm conditions are expected late tonight into early Sunday.  Irene remains a large and powerful storm.  Heavy rain will continue through the night and into tomorrow.  The worst of the storm, including high winds and torrential rain, will occur during the early morning hours of Sunday - likely between 2:00 AM and 8:00 AM.  Emergency Plans should include where you will go if you are told to evacuate or if your home becomes damaged.

Power outages should be expected as a result of strong winds.  In the event that sustained winds reach 50 MPH, local emergency services will cease response operations for the safety of our first responders.  Regular communication networks may become unreliable as a result of power outages, downed lines and heavy call volume.  Do not drive through flooded roadways - Don't Drown - Turn Around!  As a result of the added hazard of electric lines that me be in contact with flood waters, it is extremely important that residents evacuate when told to do so.

Rainfall predictions for our area continue to vary significantly, however 6 to 10 inches are possible.  Generally speaking, rainfall totals in excess of 6 inches will result in major flooding though out the Township.  Ten inches of rain would produce record flooding.  Monitor rain totals and forecasts very closely.  The National Weather Service has issued a projection for the Pompton River at Jackson Avenue that indicates the river will begin to rise late tonight and reach action stage (13.0') on Sunday Morning.  Our experience has been that their predictions are low in the early stages of a storm.  We expect the river to begin rising tonight and reach action stage late tonight.  Although significant flooding isn't expected until tomorrow, resident of the most flood prone areas should strongly consider leaving tonight.  Evacuations have been ordered for Harrison Road and low lying residences along Route 23.

In a decision that defies logic, the DEP has decided to close the Pompton Lake Flood Gates and return them to automated operation.  Unfortunately this will result in sudden, rapid increases in the river level when the gates begin to operate along the Ramapo and Pompton Rivers, again making river elevation predictions difficult.

Make plans now to assist friends and neighbors who may experience damage to their homes during the storm.  Check on elderly and disabled neighbors and provide assistance in preparation.  All Township residents should monitor weather forecasts and remain alert to rapidly changing conditions in your area.

The next Weather Advisory Statement will be issued at 11:00 PM tonight.

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