Hurricane Irene made landfall this morning in New York, but Dr. Greg Forbes from The Weather Channel warns that the state of New Jersey will experience days of severe flooding. The coastline was spared for the most part, but river inland flooding could be unprecedented and extremely dangerous in the upcoming days. In a live report, Severe Weather Expert Dr. Forbes said just minutes ago…
It’s imminent. We will have a tremendous number of rivers that will reach flood stage. New Jersey will have a flooding problem for days. A lot of homes will go underwater.
Newark, New Jersey received a whopping 8.92” of rain from Hurricane Irene. That’s after a record-breaking rainfall for the month of August. The end result is that waterways will rise 15-20’ over the next several days in New Jersey, causing record crests and major flooding.
Dr. Greg Forbes said on The Weather Channel that the entire state of New Jersey received an average rainfall of 7” from Hurricane Irene. “If New Jersey were entirely flat, the state would be a lake,” Forbes explained. However, since it is not, water is running off into shallow areas. This will cause flooding problems for days this week in New Jersey.
Residents in New Jersey are urged to keep an eye on weather reports and stay off the roads today.
More about Hurricane Irene’s effects on New Jersey:
- Power outages affected 170,000 Jersey Central Power & Light customers this morning, with 110,000 of them concentrated in Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex, Burlington and Mercer counties.
- Governor Christie ordered 2,000 members of the New Jersey National Guard to help with search and rescue work as officials started to assess the damage.
- By this morning, about 15,000 people were holed up in emergency shelters across the state.
- Sections of the New Jersey Turnpike and Interstate 295 were among those blocked. Even in the places where high water wasn’t a problem, fallen trees were.
- “Please stay in your home,” Gov. Chris Christie said on NBC’s “Today Show.” “With over a half a million people without power and over 250 roads closed, there is no safe place to be outside right now in New Jersey.“
- According to the NJ Star-Ledger, evacuations are under way in Fairfield as the Passaic River is expected to crest tonight.
More about Dr. Greg Forbes from The Weather Channel:
Dr. Forbes is The Weather Channel’s current severe weather expert and has a significant research background in the areas of severe storms and tornadoes.
Born and raised near Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Forbes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology at Pennsylvania State University. He studied tornadoes and severe thunderstorms at the University of Chicago, where he obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. There, Dr. Forbes studied under famous tornado scientist Ted Fujita. His thesis helped determine which thunderstorms can spawn the most intense tornadoes.
Dr. Forbes taught such classes as Severe Storms Seminar and Computer Applications in Meteorology at Pennsylvania State University before moving to The Weather Channel in Atlanta. He continues limited research and was on the development team of the Enhanced Fujita Scale, which in 2007 replaced the original Fujita Scale from 1971.
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