New Jersey is under a mandatory State of Emergency, and it’s not due to COVID-19, but to the wrath of Tropical Storm Isaias. Moving its way through the state with powerful winds and heavy rain, the storm has knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses. Wind gusts have topped 70 mph and rainfall totals could reach the 6 inch mark. The Category 1 hurricane made landfall Monday night near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina and quickly downgraded to a tropical storm. Gov. Phil Murphy emphasizing the entire state is under flash flood and tornado watches and tropical storm warnings.
The state is reporting 416 new positive cases for a total of 182,970 cases. Officials reported 11 new deaths for a total of 15,857 confirmed and probable deaths.
New Jersey has added another state to its travel advisory: Rhode Island. There are now 35 states and territories on the list. Those traveling from the nation’s smallest state are advised to quarantine for 14 days when they arrive in New Jersey. It’s all voluntary, but the governor’s relying on travelers to follow the rules.