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Winds Could Pose Greatest Storm Danger to Bergen County

State of Emergency declared in Bergen County as Hurricane Sandy nears. County facilities ordered closed.

Bergen County officials announced a state of emergency Sunday and warned Hurricane Sandy’s high winds could pose the greatest risk to the area. 

“The winds are picking up and will pick up throughout tonight, and will become the highest tomorrow through Tuesday afternoon,” Bergen County Emergency Management Coordinator Lt. Dwane Razzetti told officials in a briefing Sunday. Sustained winds could be as high as 55 miles per hour, with gusts reaching 80 miles per hour.

“This type of wind is extremely dangerous,” he said.

Hurricane Sandy was predicted to make landfall near Atlantic City, but forecasts could change, he said.

The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning for Bergen County through 6 p.m. Tuesday. In an advisory, the agency warned winds could cause widespread power outages.

A flood watch was also in place, with localized creek and urban flooding possible.

The Bergen County-area could see up to six inches of rain, according to the weather service. Razzetti said major river flooding was not expected in the county.

County administration offices will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan said. Bergen Community College and the county school district were also ordered closed. Courts will be closed Monday, and possibly Tuesday.

The closures came after Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency in New Jersey, and announced public transportation would begin shutting down Sunday. 

In only as needed. 

 

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VKC October 28, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Everyone, Be prepared, stay safe and God bless.
Allie October 28, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Does anyone know where emergency shelters are if we need them?
Noah Cohen October 28, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Officials have said county-run shelters would be opened on an as-needed basis at Bergen Community College, Lyndhurst Senior Center and Northern Valley Regional High School's Demarest campus. Here's some more background: http://patch.com/A-yZ21.
Pam Willie October 28, 2012 at 11:52 PM
In a state of Emergency will offices be open, are all businesses required to close
Noah Cohen October 29, 2012 at 12:31 AM
No mandatory business closures for our area at this point.
Allie October 29, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Thanks Noah, these shelters really wouldn't be helpful to someone traveling from Hasbrouck Heights in a hurricane what a shame.
salmah dougherty October 29, 2012 at 08:49 PM
hi noah, any mandatory business closures for teaneck & bergenfield? tks
Noah Cohen October 29, 2012 at 08:50 PM
No mandatory biz closures that I am aware of. More local updates will be posted here: http://patch.com/A-zdsy

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