By Rob DiRienzo
HACKETTSTOWN — New Jersey is bracing for the worst as Hurricane Sandy makes landfall later tonight.
“Truly the Perfect Storm.,” WRNJ Meteorologist Frank Lombardo said, ”The evolution of this storm is one that East Coast Meteorologists have always imagined could happen, but have never actually seen occur.”
The storm could bring gusts to our area surpassing 60MPH, although only about 2-4 inches of rain. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in sections of Manhattan and coastal parts of NJ.
Governor Christie declared a state of emergency for New Jersey and urged all municipalities to close schools in a press conference.
Area school closings have already been announced for Monday. WRNJ’s Operation Snowflake has the full list.
With lengthy power outages expected for the area, officials are gearing up for what could be the storm of the year. There are no shelters open in Hackettstown as of this time. If a shelter is needed to be open it will be at one of the following locations:
- Hackettstown High School (701 Warren St)
- Trinity Church (213 Main St)
- Miller St Fire House (101 Miller St)
- Hackettstown Municipal Bullding (215 Stiger St)