This notice was posted on the South Orange Township website Thursday, October 1, 2015:
Coastal Storm with High Winds and Heavy Rain to Precede Hurricane Joaquin
The South Orange Office of Emergency Management is closely monitoring both Hurricane Joaquin and the preceding coastal storm. Hurricane Joaquin has been elevated to become the first Category 4 hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season. The effects of these severe weather events should start Friday and last through the weekend, possibly into early next week. The severity of Hurricane Joaquin’s impact on the Northeast region is still unknown. Residents should be prepared for high winds from the storm regardless of its path.
The expected high winds and heavy rains can be dangerous and cause power outages as well as localized flooding and residents are reminded to exercise extreme caution. If you observe downed power lines or other hazards please contact the South Orange Police Department at 973 763 3000 or 9-1-1 for emergencies. If you experience a power outage please contact PSE&G directly at 800-436-PSEG (7734).
Please monitor our website, social media and your email and phone for any updates. To make sure you receive all Village emergency notifications please make sure that you and your family are signed up for emergency alerts at https://southorange.org/alerts.
Governor Christie has issued Executive Order 186 declaring a State of Emergency extending statewide in preparation for Hurricane Joaquin.
Please take this time to review your family’s emergency plan and check / stock up your emergency supplies. More information on how to prepare can be found at: https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes
SOUTH ORANGE FORECAST
Tonight: A chance of showers before 8pm, then a slight chance of sprinkles between 8pm and 1am, then a slight chance of showers after 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 50. North wind 14 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Friday: Showers likely, mainly between 11am and noon, then periods of rain after noon. Steady temperature around 53. Northeast wind around 16 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Friday Night: Periods of rain. Steady temperature around 50. Northeast wind 15 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Saturday: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 56. Northeast wind 16 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Saturday Night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Sunday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Sunday Night: Tropical storm conditions possible. A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Chance of precipitation is 30%.