Video: Morristown command center, 2:30 a.m., as Irene chugs north

Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty and Police Lt. Darnell Richardson in emergency command center at town hall at 2:30 am Sunday, as Irene barreled in on New Jersey. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty and Police Lt. Darnell Richardson in emergency command center at town hall at 2:30 am Sunday, as Irene barreled in on New Jersey. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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A rising river. Home evacuations. Falling trees. Street closures.

Morristown’s emergency command post at town hall was a busy place at 2:30 a.m. on Sunday as Hurricane Irene churned up the coast.

By that time, Morristown already had received more than five inches of rain and a wind gust of 33 mph. More than 300 local customers lost electricity, estimated Jersey Central Power & Light.

No injuries were reported, however. Mayor Tim Dougherty urged residents to beware of toppling trees as the ground becomes over-saturated.

A flood warning was issued overnight, to go with a tornado watch and a tropical storm warning. Winds could gust to 55 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

The command center was staffed by police, firefighters, EMS volunteers and public works officials.

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Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty and Police Lt. Darnell Richardson in emergency command center at town hall at 2:30 am Sunday, as Irene barreled in on New Jersey. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty and Police Lt. Darnell Richardson in emergency command center at town hall at 2:30 am Sunday, as Irene barreled in on New Jersey. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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2 COMMENTS

  1. To all the Town Employees and Volunteers –
    Thank you for helping everyone during this storm! Big shout out to the DPW and the Tree Crew – they have been doing a great job in really challenging condition!!!

  2. Great work guys. I saw the video. We heard reports of major flooding. I am in Fort Myers, FL at the moment on a trip that was planned months ago and live on Aspen Way most of the time. Stay safe and keep reporting. Thanks.

    Peter

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