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.