NEW JERSEY — Governor Chris Christie declared a State of Emergency for Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May counties as post-tropical cyclone Hermine threatens to bring heavy rain and strong winds to the region.
Christie announced the State of Emergency on his Twitter around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, stating in a separate press release that the "impending weather conditions constitute an imminent hazard."
Hermine, which moved off the North Carolina coast, was upgraded to a post-tropical cyclone Saturday. It could re-energize and regain hurricane strength southeast of Cape May as it feeds off the warm Gulf Stream waters.
A tropical storm warning remains in effect for the entire New Jersey Shore, New York City and Long Island.
Neptune Township is anticipating roadway flooding and tropical storm force winds. Although no mandatory evacuation has been issued for residents at this time, residents with special needs or more significant hazards are encouraged to seek shelter away from coastal areas that could be impacted, according to Neptune Township authorities.
Severe weather conditions could begin as early as Saturday night and last through the rest of the Labor Day Weekend. Coastal flooding is likely to begin with high tide Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service.
Christie is warning residents to prepare for possible power outages and dangerous road conditions when the storm hits.
NJ Office of Emergency Management is preparing county shelter locations if there is a need for evacuation. For the full list of shelters click here.
NJ Transit will remain running, but service may be suspended depending on the severity of the storm.
According to PIX11 weekend meteorologist Craig Allen, the official track of Hermine has been shifted slightly to the east, which may bring less rain to the area. However, damaging winds, tides and beach erosion threat remains unchanged.
Moderate to major coastal flooding and strong rip currents is expected along the Jersey Shore.
Just before 5 p.m., the Barnegat Township Police Department issued a statement recommending lagoon and bay-front area residents voluntarily evacuate.
Officials are urged to move al vehicles to higher ground and secure outdoor loose items.