Major Storm Expected To Impact Thanksgiving Travel

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Colonel Rick Fuentes

Colonel Rick Fuentes

STATE – The NJ Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) is monitoring a coastal storm expected to impact New Jersey starting this afternoon, bringing with it heavy rain, high winds and small stream and minor coastal flooding. There may be winter precipitation in the northern areas of the state, due to below-normal temperatures. The event coincides with the start of key travel times around the Thanksgiving holiday.

“We have experienced a long period of below-normal rainfall; however, we face changing conditions,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, State Police Superintendent and Director of the NJ Office of Emergency Management. “We are closely monitoring the situation with our partners from the National Weather Service and the County Offices of Emergency Management. Be especially careful if you are traveling. We remind drivers not to drive through ponded or standing water. As little as six inches of water can cause drivers to lose control of the car or cause stalling.”

The following is a list of general preparedness tips for motorists during adverse weather conditions:

  • Before you go: Drivers should inform someone that they are taking a trip, where they are going, the routes that will be traveled, and when they are expected to return. Upon reaching their destination, drivers should call to report arrival. If traveling a long distance, please remember to fill up on fuel prior to making your trip. While traveling, stop frequently to refill the fuel tank. The breaks will help drivers stay alert.
  • On the road: Follow the rules of the road and adhere to the following guidelines:
    • Always buckle your seat belt.
    • Brake properly to avoid skidding. If driving on snow or ice, start slowly and brake gently. Begin braking early when approaching an intersection.
    • If the vehicle starts to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes. Steer into the direction of the skid until regaining traction, and then straighten the vehicle. For vehicles with antilock brakes, apply steady pressure.
    • In rain, fog, snow or sleet, stay within the limits of your vision. If it is too difficult to see, pull off the road and stop.
    • Drive slowly and increase following distance. Vehicle speed should adjust for conditions and match the flow of traffic.
    • Watch for slick spots. Be physically and mentally prepared to react.
    • Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. The road bed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped.
    • Do not drive around a barricade. Barricades are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way.
    • Do not try to take short cuts. They may be blocked. Stick to designated evacuation routes.
    • Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

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