The National Weather Service has issued a flood and high wind warning for Bergen County through Tuesday.
Unlike a watch, the weather service’s warning means means flooding and high wind is already happening or imminent. In a statement, the agency warned of 35 to 45 mph winds, with gusts reaching 80 mph.
Bergen County officials warned that wind could pose the greatest danger to the area.
The wind warning was issued until 6 p.m. Tuesday. Public Service Electric and Gas said the high winds were already taking a toll on its customers statewide.
"The number of outages is now at 36,000 as the winds have picked up dramatically due to the approach of Hurricane Sandy," a company statement said.
Flooding is expected from a strong tidal surge along the Hudson River. The weather service warned of “minor to moderate flooding” in the area, with the warning in place until 6 a.m. on Tuesday.
The Hackensack River began overflowing Monday morning, leading to road closures in the area. Teaneck’s Pomander Walk was flooded, along with sections of Hackensack near the river.