Storm forces road closures in Morristown, Morris Township; Murphy declares state of emergency for NJ

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A flash flood warning for Morris County was issued shortly after 10 pm on Wednesday by the National Weather Service; it’s in effect until 2 am on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021.

At about the same time, Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency across New Jersey as Tropical Storm Ida lashed the Garden State.

Our thanks to a Morristown Green contributor for this video from MLK Avenue, Morristown, from around 10 pm on Sept. 1, 2021:

“Tropical Storm Ida is severely impacting all areas of our state,” Murphy said in a statement. “The safety of our residents is our main priority, and we urge everyone to be informed of local weather conditions and to stay off the roads.”

At least one tornado has been spawned, in Gloucester County. The governor directed residents to http://ready.nj.gov/ for emergency information from the state.

Morristown Green readers on Wednesday night reported that Martin Luther King Avenue at Spring Street in Morristown is closed.

Police in Morris Township, meanwhile, are warning motorists to avoid Dwyer Lane and Woodland Avenue near the police department and municipal building. Also closed: Harter-, Washington Valley- and Whitehead roads; and Tracy Court.

“Avoid these areas,” Township police reiterated.

Jersey Central Power & Light reported 155 Morristown customers were without power, and another 115 were out in Morris Township. Across Morris County, 5,850 outages were reported as of 11:30 pm Wednesday. Statewide, the number was 30,853.

Another view of flooding on MLK, Sept. 1, 2021:

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